Date: Thu, 21 Mar 1996 01:00:27 -0700


Subject: Re: Oklahoma Red-Eye Gravy -

I'm usually the one to grouse when the discussion gets trivialized over

which restaurant makes the best whatever, but when a regionally distinctive

term, especially one hallowed by Raven McDavid's gastronomic preferences,

varies as to its referential content, this is the stuff of regional atlas

work and lexicography. Another thread could be started over the precise

reference of cobbler , since last year my mother misplaced her grandmother's

recipe for cobbler, and after looking in vain through all of her cookbooks

at "cobbler" recipes, none of which resembled the original, I consulted two

of my fellow Texan faculty members, each of whom described yet totally

different objects. W"orter und Sachen studies have a long an honorable history

in our profession.

--Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]