Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 11:05:24 +0000

From: Grant Barrett gbarrett[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]JERRYNET.COM

Subject: RE Yuz

Missouri is in many ways a divided state. East Central Missouri (maybe Me=

xico, Kingdom City, Troy, Union, Hermann, Washington, possibly Rolla) is =

dialectically different than Southeast Missouri (Doniphan, Popular Bluff,=

Greenville, Piedmont, Silva, Lutesville, the Bootheel etc.). Even the Li=

ttle Dixie speech of Mexico and other parts of Audrain county is differen=

t than the Ozark/Arkansas drawl of Southeast Missouri.=20

My aunt (my father's sister) travels to St. Louis once or twice a year an=

d to the best of my knowledge does not know anyone in Illinois except her=

brother, my uncle. We are talking about a woman that did not get indoor =

plumbing until the mid-eighties. She works in a pool hall, managing the f=

lea market. Her husband is a big rig driver and runs a saw mill.

My father, who is from Southeast Missouri, and my mother, from St. Louis,=

have different modes of speech but grew up only 150 miles apart.=20