Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 08:53:43 -0400
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: "straight drive"
In the mid and late 1950's in the Louisville (KY) area, a manual
transmission was a
I never heard the 'full' form 'straight stick shift.'
Automatic transmissions were 'automatic,' never 'automatic shift' (or
'stick'). Therefore, for example, sentences like 'Is it a stick or an
automatic?' were OK, while 'Is it a stick or automatic shift?' sound funny
Glad to hear that some younguns still use the terminology, but sorry to
hear they don't like the transmission.
Dennis (still a straight stick user) Preston
My brother and his girlfriend were visiting this weekend, and she told
me that she was sick of "straight drive" and wanted her next car to be
an automatic. I have never heard this term used to mean standard or
manual transmission. Are any of you familiar with this usage? My
brother's girlfriend is in her 20's and grew up in NW South Carolina
(the Uplands or Upcountry or whatever it's called).
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu