Date: Sat, 8 Jun 1996 22:21:00 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: Packy revisited
I think it's unlikely that 'paki'/'packy' in the second sense
refers to "the ownership of many liquor stores by Pakistanis".
Pakistani expats may be branching into the liquor business, but
Pakistan is an Islamic republic (in which only "non-Muslims" and
"foreigners" can legally obtain liquor) and, I think, many if not most
expats would still try to uphold community values, at least in
Especially unlikely in the context of the use under discussion, given the
relative paucity of Pakistani-owned liquor stores in Western Massachusetts.
As we seem to have determined from the earlier discussion of the range of
these items, the distribution of "packy" is a subset of that of "package
store", which extends through much of (southern and central?) New England.
Thus there are proportionately far more "packies" along the Connecticut River
valley and adjacent areas of Massachusetts than in New Haven or Boston, but
as far as I know no such disparity can be observed in the distribution of
(Oh, and doo-wop music wasn't originated by Italians either.)