Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 08:41:37 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: packy?
To support Alice's intuition, I can confirm that 'package store' is standard
here but 'packy' inextant. Of course, it's hard to know that a form REALLY
doesn't occur, but I've never encountered it in 15 years in the same South-
Central Connecticut regional area as Alice's. I also don't remember 'packy'
from a couple of years spent in Mass. in the '70's, but I do recall that
'package store' is somehow MORE standard there than here, although here it's
used interchangeably with liquor store. People I know always opt for the latter
unregional variant. Of course not all liquor stores are package stores:
Warehouse Liquors, Liquor Land, etc.--the ones that are more like supermarkets
--are not package stores (much less packies). Oh, if you were wondering, we
don't call them 'lickies' either.