Date: Tue, 17 May 1994 15:34:18 -0400
From: Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ATLAS.UGA.EDU
Subject: Re: Spring chicken
I'll try to do some research on this semantic field and get back to you.
Should be pretty easy, since I lived for five years near Gainesville, GA,
the "Poultry Capital of the World" and home of Chicken City Motors. They
even have a local landmark called "the chicken monument", a bronze
rooster atop a 10-foot pedestal. I think the guys who drive the trucks
and load up the chickens (into wire cages, not a pretty sight driving
down the road but better than the manure trucks) are called
chicken-catchers. It doesn't smell too good
there in the summer and the (mostly Mexican and African-American, some
poor white) workers often suffer from repetitive motion damage to their
hands with little recompense. The chicken processing plants also
discharge some pretty foul waste into Lake Lanier and its tributaries.
More (and less) than you wanted to know, I'm sure.
ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]atlas.uga.edu