Date: Fri, 7 Nov 1997 09:44:53 -0800
From: "A. Maberry" maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Subject: Re: "git-go and southernisms"
On Thu, 6 Nov 1997, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
On "shirttail [kin]folk": "Shirt-tail relations" was the term used by
my mother (b. 1906) in Minnesota. Is/was this term in common use? I'm
not sure any longer (if I ever was) about the semantic restrictiveness
of the term--in-laws, distant cousins, cousins of cousins, members of
the families of the spouses of cousins, etc. Anybody else use it?
I've heard it all my life up here in the PNW. My grandparents both used it
and neither was from the South (GF from Nebraska, GM from Minnesota/Iowa).
It was usually reserved for anyone farther removed than 3rd cousin--i.e.
pretty much as Beverly describes it above.
maberry[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]u.washington.edu