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.

Ellen Johnson