Date: Wed, 30 Jul 1997 09:10:04 -0500 From: wachal robert s Subject: John Cabot Of course John Cabot was not the first English speaker to set foot in North America. Leif Ericson, who inherited a kind of Norwegianized English from his marauding forebears, left remnants of it behind. Had Cabot ventured farther inland, say to what is now called Minnesota, he would have encountered folks who said things like "Yah, sher, u betchah". Bob Wachal