End of ADS-L Digest - 7 May 1996 to 8 May 1996 ********************************************** There are 17 messages totalling 404 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. packy? (5) 2. Words that end in GRY (5) 3. out-of-pocket (6) 4. RE>out-of-pocket ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 00:26:58 -0400 From: ALICE FABER Subject: Re: packy? >From Lynn Murphy: | | > 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). >From William King: | | It could be a "Package Store" in New England. Differentiated from a | tavern/bar. Conn. or Mass.? Well, I'm familiar with package store, but I can't recall whether I knew the term before I moved to Connecticut. I've never heard "packy" down here in South Central CT, though. I'll ask my sister (who lives up by the Mass border); it will liven up her office, I'm sure, if they've gotten over her attempts to pin down the _aunt_ /ant/-/aent/ isogloss. (By the way, she's *not* a linguist...) Alice Faber faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]haskins.yale.edu