Date: Tue, 1 Jul 1997 12:37:49 -0400 From: "Bethany K. Dumas" Subject: Ozark, hillbilly On Tue, 1 Jul 1997, Dan Marcus wrote: > Taking the question back a step, do we know where the word 'Ozark' itself > originated? It sounds Native American, but that's just a knee jerk guess. > (Apologies if this has already been discussed.) The source is almost certainly "aux Arcs" (> the Arc [Arkansa] Indians). Re hilbillies vs. Ozarkers -- remember that not all residents of the Ozarks are hillbillies. Only the hillbillies call themselves hillbillies. I.e., hillbilly is an SES label, not a geographic label. Bethany Bethany K. Dumas, J.D., Ph.D. Applied Linguistics, Language & Law Department of English EMAIL: dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 415 McClung Tower (423) 974-6965, (423) 974-6926 (FAX) University of Tennessee Editor, Language in the Judicial Process: Knoxville, TN 37996-0430 USA