Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 21:33:04 -0500
From: Stephen lwyrnluv[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IGC.NET
Subject: Re: sneakers
I grew up in Georgia (b. 1941) and was, until I moved steadily north- and
westward, a tennis shoe speaker. Now I say a variety of things (sneakers,
walking shoes, running shoes, aerobic shoes), but never tennis shoes while
in the non-South because I think it would be taken as a more technical term
than it actually is (was?).
Miriam Meyers, Metropolitan State University, Mpls/St. Paul
I always thought that "sneakers" was a yankee term. They've always been
"tennis shoes" in Mississippi -- or at least all of my fairly long life.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
Metropolitan State University
mmeyers[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msus1.msus.edu
My wife informs me that in the Australian outback, where she grew up, people
referred to them as "muckabouts."