Date: Wed, 9 Nov 1994 21:48:50 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.BITNET
Subject: Re: swan/swanny
I should have added to my earlier posting that my reason for interpreting
'I swan' as a euphemism for 'I swear' was that my mother and others would
sometimes correct themselves, replacing the latter with the former.
A cousin's (female) use of 'swanny' is the strongest echo in my head, and
she used as an equivalent to 'I swan' but used both. All this is aside from
the etymologies, which we appreciate, and which are no doubt historically
accurate. The 'swanny' people I have in mind were born in Arkansas and
spent much of their lives in Texas.