Date: Wed, 8 May 1996 06:55:56 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: packy? > Late that next afternoon, I found Det. Lt. Royce Whitlock of the state police > where he usually went for lunch on his days off: downstairs in the basement > of a thriving cement-block mini-mall in Lynnfield--convenience store selling > milk, cigarettes, potato chips, and lottery scratch cards and keno tickets > that kept a bunch of older guys in satin jackets rapt in front of a TV > screen; two-chair barber shop; sewing supplies store; packy; and a take-out > sandwich shop. > --George V. Higgins, Sandra Nichols Found Dead. New York: Henry Holt,1996 a packy, in most of massachusetts (that i know of), is a liquor store. more formally, a 'package store'. (this has something to do w/ liquor selling laws in massachusetts, but i don't know what.) don't know if it's spread to other parts of new england. _packy_ was definitely the most dominant term for liquor store in western mass when i lived there in the early-mid 80s. (i spent most of my time there in a umass dorm, so the packy was a frequent topic of conversation.) a "packy run" is a trip to the liquor store (to stock up). cheers, lynne --------------------------------------------------------------------- M. Lynne Murphy 104lyn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Department of Linguistics phone: 27(11)716-2340 University of the Witwatersrand fax: 27(11)716-8030 Johannesburg 2050 SOUTH AFRICA