Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996 10:36:41 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: cheap folks Dear Shana, Rest assured that "chinchy" was the only form I heard or used growing up at the southern tip of Texas. I've seen "chintzy" in print, and perhaps heard it, though I can't recall from whom or where. I suppose "chintzy", on the face of it, offers some etymological sense, but I always thought it was a mistaken version of "chinchy" (Don Lance and I know that South Texas English is the purest to be found). A related form used there is "pinchy", usually pronounced with a somewhat Hispanicized raised /iy/. --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]