Date: Wed, 5 Jun 1996 04:15:16 -1000
From: Norman Roberts nroberts[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAWAII.EDU
Subject: Re: swooft/rustin
Up north in New England around the turn of the century give or take a
decade or two, the term "rusticating" was used to describe a marginal
college student who had been sent to live with a rural pastor to receive
tutoring in Latin and Greek. Popular regional novels of this period
usually have a "rusticating" student who among other things breaks hearts,
ruins young maids, and finally comes to a well deserved bad end. I've never
used the term, but I learned it from my sainted great aunt, she who was the
high school principal in 1910.
I wonder if the Mississippi folks just economized on a syllable here?