Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 09:21:52 -0400 From: "M. Lynne Murphy" <104LYN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSE.ARTS.WITS.AC.ZA> Subject: Re: packy? larry said: > To support Alice's intuition, I can confirm that 'package store' is standard > here but 'packy' inextant. Of course, it's hard to know that a form REALLY > doesn't occur, but I've never encountered it in 15 years in the same South- > Central Connecticut regional area as Alice's. I also don't remember 'packy' > from a couple of years spent in Mass. in the '70's, but I do recall that > 'package store' is somehow MORE standard there than here, although here it's well, either "packy" is a later development, or maybe it's college slang rather than general usage. i swear, when i lived there, nobody i knew used "package store" in normal conversations. maybe we were more affectionate toward the package store (and its contents and services) than average bay staters. 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