Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 11:13:59 EST From: Boyd Davis Subject: Re: circe/sirsi/circi Born/raised KY, in NC last 3 decades-- I have heard this all my life, but more in NC than in KY; assume it is from surprise (I had a mental picture of its being spelled 'sursie') which is sometimes said as 'susprise' when in this context (the only one in which I have heard it): One wheedles in order to obtain one, or promises one as if placating a young, fond, foolish recipient - or intimate, in a teasing manner. I assume it could also be used as a jocular-ish semi-threat, as in 'I'll give you a __' ˘if you don't watch out/be careful/stop doing X...)