Date: Tue, 22 Nov 1994 09:45:12 -0500
From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" DUMASB[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTKVX.BITNET
Several years ago Wm Safire wrote about Arkansans. I wrote Wm Safire,
pointing out that Vance Randolph in his 1953 book, Down in the Holler: A
Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech, preferred Arkansawyer. I sent a copy of my
letter to Fred Cassidy, who politely told me I was about thirty years out
of date. Sure enough, Arkansan seems to have replaced Arkansawyer.
But see Randolph (pp. 12, 224), who somewhere else (I don't have those notes
here) said that an Arkansan was somebody who didn't know who he was, while an
Arkansawyer was a native of Arkansas.
It is Randolph who documents the introduction of a House bill in the Arkansas
legislature to fix the pronunciation (it failed). Read all about this and
other little-known Ozark facts in my (soon-to-be-)forthcoming book
on Ozark Folk Speech.
Bethany Dumas = dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]utkvx.utk.edu
Ozark Quesstion of the week: If you go the store to buy "highland fish" or
"dryland fish," what do you come home with? (I don't have DARE here, so
don't look--that's cheating!)