Date: Tue, 21 Mar 1995 22:25:31 -0500 From: "William H. Smith" Subject: "Everyday Use" In Alice Walker's story, "Everyday Use," the character 'Dee" has changed her name to "Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo' because she refuses to bear a name given by "her oppressors." She greets her mother with the phrase, "Wa-su-zo-Tean-o. " Is there any African source for these? (Are you reading, Salikoko?) Her mother, who admits having never gone to school, says that she could trace 'Dee' back past the civil war. It is a nickname for 'Dicey.' Is it likely that an illiterate tradition would use the initialism 'Dee' rather than the clipping 'Di'? If there is anyone out there who knows Ms Walker, can you answer this? Was she aware of the irony in the fact that Turner reported in _Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect_ that /di/ was a common female "basket name"--a name of Wes t African origin used only within the Gullah community? Bill Smith Piedmont College wh5mith[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]