Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 08:53:43 -0400 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: "straight drive" In the mid and late 1950's in the Louisville (KY) area, a manual transmission was a 'stick' 'stick shift' or 'straight stick' I never heard the 'full' form 'straight stick shift.' Automatic transmissions were 'automatic,' never 'automatic shift' (or 'stick'). Therefore, for example, sentences like 'Is it a stick or an automatic?' were OK, while 'Is it a stick or automatic shift?' sound funny to me. Glad to hear that some younguns still use the terminology, but sorry to hear they don't like the transmission. Dennis (still a straight stick user) Preston >Dear ADS-listers, > >My brother and his girlfriend were visiting this weekend, and she told >me that she was sick of "straight drive" and wanted her next car to be >an automatic. I have never heard this term used to mean standard or >manual transmission. Are any of you familiar with this usage? My >brother's girlfriend is in her 20's and grew up in NW South Carolina >(the Uplands or Upcountry or whatever it's called). > >Thanks, >Kathy Burns Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Office: (517)432-1235 Fax: (517)432-2736