Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 19:11:01 -0500
From: Beverly Flanigan flanigan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Distnc. btw. "crick"&"creek", GREASY/GREAZY

My graduate student from SW Virginia (Covington) would have to agree with
Ron: she says really oily hands (from car grease, for ex.) are 'greazy,'
while messy food plates, french fries, etc. are just 'greasy.' She adds,
though, that the distinction may be based in type of grease (car vs. food)
rather than degree. One would also 'greaze' the car, but with 'grease'--a
distinction no So/SoMid speaker disputes, am I right?

At 07:52 PM 3/5/98 -0500, you wrote:
Ron of Iowa wrote:

One thing that surprises me here is that folks say that GREASY and GREAZY
semantically distinct to the extent that GREAZY things are GREASY, but
intensely so, Is this true elsewhere in the South?

Nonsense! (Unless, of course, one is talking about the amount of snake oil
one has lubricated one's words with.)

Bethany of SE Texas