Date: Sat, 12 Nov 1994 08:55:00 EDT
From: "David A. Johns" DJOHNS[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UFPINE.BITNET
Subject: swan/swanny (and Suwanee)
# Old Stevie Foster misused the name of the Suwanee River in his
# "Old Folks at Home," calling it Swanee. Of course, he never even
# saw the river, which originally was called the "river of reeds"
# by the natives (Guasaca Esqui [source: Britannica]). The same
# source says that the present name was probably a slave version of
# a Spanish name: San Juanee (Little St. John). I'm sure our
# Waycross correspondant can add more, I swanny.
Is that me?
One question: Just north of the Florida border the Suwanee joins the
Suwanoochee. What's the pidgin Spanish etymology for THAT?
Back to "swan/swanny": I haven't heard that around here (I'll have to
ask around), but when I first moved to Florida, I noticed that a lot
of folks seemed to use "promise" where I'd use "swear", as in "I never
touched your skate board, I promise!" I assume this extension of
"promise" is another result of the taboo on "swear".