Date: Fri, 12 Jan 1996 12:36:09 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: 'old maid' Joan, I hope I'm still in time to get in under the wire on editing the entry for this term. I asked my mother, now 92 and a native of Marshall, Texas, and she immediately offered 'old maid', saying that it could apply to one or several. A check with a woman in Oklahoma who grew up on a farm in the southern part of the state with her grandparents drew a blank, however. A survey of Southern members of our faculty only drew three responses so far, or rather 4. All but one were negative: Yes - Atlanta; only after prompting of term; doesn't use, thought her grandmother had used it. No - Atlanta No - New Orleans No - North Carolina (that's five; I had forgotten one) Another faculty member, a native of Grand Island, Nebraska, confirmed its use in his family. So the only strong positive comes from my mother, who grew up in Palestine, Texas. I haven't re-checked as to whether she learned it from her mother or grandmother, who were from Marshall. My first Atlanta respondent said she thought her grandmother had used the term for things like an unmatched sock, and other unmatched things. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]