Date: Thu, 12 May 1994 13:53:46 EDT From: David Bergdahl Subject: peckerwood Ohio University Electronic Communication Date: 12-May-1994 01:46pm EST To: Remote Addressee ( _MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU ) From: David Bergdahl Dept: English BERGDAHL Tel No: (614) 593-2783 Subject: peckerwood Our lunch bunch came up with a query today: they wanted to know abt PECKERWOOD. I said, quoting Carver's American Regional Dialects that it was an example of metathesis or inversion, and gave some of his examples: hoppergrass, carbox, doll-baby [which is very prevalent around here], right-out &c. No, no, they said, they didn't want to know about it as an example of a type of word formation, they wanted to know how it got to be a slur. Three questions, really, now: (1) Do you recognize peckerwood as an insult? (2) What's the meaning? (3) What groups are involved? is the peckerwood always a white? do whites use the term as well as blacks? DAVID David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens OH BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CaTS.OHIOU.EDU "Gateway to Appalachia" Received: 12-May-1994 01:53pm