Date: Tue, 1 Jul 1997 12:37:49 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU

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.


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