End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Mar 1996 to 13 Mar 1996 ************************************************ There are 38 messages totalling 996 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Blinky milk etc (3) 2. "this Thursday" (2) 3. Thursday week - this/next Thursday (2) 4. Thursday week (3) 5. English Dialect Information Exchange (4) 6. grits 7. Curds and whey (2) 8. Clabber milk (2) 9. "smathered" (3) 10. ADS Constitution & Bylaws 11. Clabber milk -Reply (2) 12. Thursday next, etc. (5) 13. Boundaries of 'next' and 'last' 14. Clabber ad infinitum (3) 15. cobbed (2) 16. Thursday week, Thursday last 17. Bounced Mail ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 00:22:21 -0500 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Blinky milk etc There seems to have been quite a discussion yesterday about various things that can happen to milk that one might or might not want to have happen. Despite the fact that. For the most part they struck this New Yorker as words one reads about in dialect studies. In other words, I know more about where people say CLABBER than I know about what it is. The exception was BLINKY, which I picked up somewhere along the way, probably during my grad school years in Austin. Since I can actually reach my copy of Atwood (_Regional Vocabulary of Texas_) while sitting at my computer, I checked what Atwood had to say. As of 1950 or so, when his data were collected, BLINKY was somewhat less archaic than BLUE JOHN, which was decidedly archaic. CLABBER in contrast was universal. Donald Lance asserted in the meantime that with homogenization and pasteurization, milk doesn't do any of these things on its own. Well, Donald, I don't claim any kind of magic touch. But milk from my local Stop-n-Shop if left alone when I'm out of town most definitely does get blinky. I couldn't swear to it, never having encountered clabber in its native habitat, but I'm pretty sure I generated some clabber only a few years ago. After I poured it down the drain and ran the disposal, I went out for dinner! Now, in response to Bethany's question about this Thursday and next Thursday...On Tuesday, both this Thursday and next Thursday are the day after tomorrow. On Friday, this Thursday is yesterday and next Thursday will occur in six days, next week. I don't recall any confusion or mix-ups about this either in my native region (New York) or when I lived in Texas or Florida. Of course, in those episodes, most of my contacts were University-type folks, and perhaps not linguistically representative. Alice Faber