Date: Tue, 24 May 1994 09:31:41 -0500


Subject: Re: queries

King of the Hill in NYC in the 1950s referred to defending a small mound in

a vacant lot, not to a pile on. We didn't have enough kids in my

neighborhood to pile on, so the term is missing from my inventory. In

Illinois they don't play king of the hill because most of the state is

flat--and most of east central Illinois is below sea level. Or at least it

seems that way. The kids here play king of the damp basement.



Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Department of English 217-333-2392

University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321

608 South Wright Street

Urbana, Illinois 61801