Date: Sat, 18 Mar 1995 21:47:22 -0600 From: Joan Livingston-Webber Subject: Chuck/Potholes It's spring (oh hurray!) and the Omaha paper is advertising a t-shirt fro the "official midlands driver" that has a large banner on it, "I survived the chuckholes!" I remember chuckholes from growing up in sw PA, 1950's. It didn't surprise me that my children didn't know what it meant--they were raised in neither PA nor Omaha. But I asked some teen-age natives and they didn't know what they were either. Since coming to the middle section of the country, I only remember hearing of potholes. One young friend is asking her father, who was also raised in Omaha. The cartoonist (who designed the t-shirt) may hail from the east or be over 35 (or both). It has made me curious about the distribution of potholes and chuckholes. (ps. the Omaha paper doesn't call this area the midwest. It uses midlands or heartland--and has an overtly stated fondness for heartland--a kind of sentimentality, I think.) Is chuck/pothole regional, age-related or both? And, btw, who was Chuck? I suppose someone will tell me that a chuck is some piece on the axle of a horsedrawn wagon that broke or fell in. -- Joan Livingston-Webber webber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] "What gets better is the precision with which we vex each other." -Clifford Geertz