Date: Tue, 17 May 1994 15:34:18 -0400 From: Ellen Johnson Subject: Re: Spring chicken I'll try to do some research on this semantic field and get back to you. Should be pretty easy, since I lived for five years near Gainesville, GA, the "Poultry Capital of the World" and home of Chicken City Motors. They even have a local landmark called "the chicken monument", a bronze rooster atop a 10-foot pedestal. I think the guys who drive the trucks and load up the chickens (into wire cages, not a pretty sight driving down the road but better than the manure trucks) are called chicken-catchers. It doesn't smell too good there in the summer and the (mostly Mexican and African-American, some poor white) workers often suffer from repetitive motion damage to their hands with little recompense. The chicken processing plants also discharge some pretty foul waste into Lake Lanier and its tributaries. More (and less) than you wanted to know, I'm sure. Ellen Johnson ellenj[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]