Date: Mon, 2 Mar 1998 22:21:18 -0500
From: "Jeutonne P. Brewer" jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HAMLET.UNCG.EDU
Subject: Re: Semantic distinc. betw. "crick" and "creek"?

On Mon, 2 Mar 1998, Jesse T Sheidlower wrote:

A correspondent wrote in about an alleged semantic distinction
between "crick" and "creek." This writer, who is from an unspecified
but "rural" part of the country, claims that he uses both pronunciations,
but that a "crick" was smaller than a "creek." He states that he has
had a long-running disagreement with his wife about this, and he recently
found someone else who makes this distinction. DARE doesn't show any
semantic distinction, and Joan Hall isn't otherwise aware of any.

Is this distinction familiar to anyone on the list?

As an Okie I I first learned "crick" and in school I learned "creek."
We went down to the same "crick" in wheat field country--Ames, OK about
30 miles south of Enid where I was born--even when we later learned
to say "creek." I don't think I've ever heard a semantic distinction
based on size.


Jeutonne P. Brewer, Associate Professor
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412
email: jpbrewer[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]