Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 22:18:55 -0400 From: James C Stalker Subject: Re: milk can dinner > > I wonder if this use of "can" is related to the use of "pail" in "lunch > pail," the term we used as kids in Texas for what others call a "lunch > kit," although somewhere I've heard the term "lunch bucket." Sour bologna > was bad enough in a metal box with a latched lid. Taking lunch in an > actual pail or bucket sounds somehow depressing. You could get a lot of > food in a milk can, however. > > > > Wayne Glowka > Professor of English > Director of Research and Graduate Student Services > Georgia College > Milledgeville, GA 31061 > 912-453-4222 > wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > Verrry interesting for a Texan to use a "pail." Aren't Texans supposed to fall within the old S. Midland group, hence bucket people rather than pail people? In KY in the 50's lunch bucket was common, but only for grown-ups. Kids used lunch boxes or bags. I guess some might have used the Shedd's peanut butter buckets, but I don't remember any at Penile Elementary School.