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]

Miriam Meyers

Metropolitan State University


My wife informs me that in the Australian outback, where she grew up, people

referred to them as "muckabouts."