Date: Tue, 11 Jul 1995 08:02:30 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Re: ADS-L Digest - 8 Jul 1995 to 10 Jul 1995 James Stalker: > > 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: 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. ****************************************************************************** Depends *where* in Texas...When I was in graduate school in Texas, the informal surveys we did suggested that Texas is fairly well split. It's been a while, but I recall that the real Southern/South Midlands features were only found in East and North-east Texas (areas bordering on Arkansas, Louisiana). >From San Antonio south through the Rio Grande Valley (and Mexican border), we got a lot of pure northern forms; the port of Galveston was a big deal in the 19th century, with major connections with eastern and northeastern cities, as well as Europe. Myself, I've never heard of a lunch kit or a lunch bucket; lunch pail sounds regional. We just had lunch boxes in suburban NY. I must have had a deprived childhood. Alice Faber faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]