Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 00:26:58 -0400


Subject: Re: packy?

From Lynn Murphy:


| Late that next afternoon, I found Det. Lt. Royce Whitlock of the state police

| where he usually went for lunch on his days off: downstairs in the basement

| of a thriving cement-block mini-mall in Lynnfield--convenience store selling

| milk, cigarettes, potato chips, and lottery scratch cards and keno tickets

| that kept a bunch of older guys in satin jackets rapt in front of a TV

| screen; two-chair barber shop; sewing supplies store; packy; and a take-out

| sandwich shop.

| --George V. Higgins, Sandra Nichols Found Dead. New York: Henry Holt,1996


| a packy, in most of massachusetts (that i know of), is a liquor

| store. more formally, a 'package store'. (this has something to do

| w/ liquor selling laws in massachusetts, but i don't know what.)

| don't know if it's spread to other parts of new england.


| _packy_ was definitely the most dominant term for liquor store in

| western mass when i lived there in the early-mid 80s. (i spent most

| of my time there in a umass dorm, so the packy was a frequent topic of

| conversation.) a "packy run" is a trip to the liquor store (to stock

| up).

From William King:


| It could be a "Package Store" in New England. Differentiated from a

| tavern/bar. Conn. or Mass.?

Well, I'm familiar with package store, but I can't recall whether I knew the

term before I moved to Connecticut. I've never heard "packy" down here in

South Central CT, though. I'll ask my sister (who lives up by the Mass

border); it will liven up her office, I'm sure, if they've gotten over her

attempts to pin down the _aunt_ /ant/-/aent/ isogloss. (By the way, she's

*not* a linguist...)

Alice Faber