Date: Thu, 3 Nov 1994 18:27:03 -0600 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: Re: new york city and upstate On Wed, 2 Nov 1994, M. Lynne Murphy wrote: > which leads to the topic of "upstate" and "downstate". to us up > rochester-way, anything from the catskills south is "downstate" but > to the NYCers, westchester co. (commuting distance) is "upstate". (i > frequently have to explain to people that no, being from upstate ny > doesn't mean you get to benefit from the culture of the city. it's > a7-8 hour drive for me.) the relativity of these terms is > interesting, but not as interesting as in illinois, where someone > from dekalb or rockford (NW of chicago) can be from "downstate". > I never encountered the term "downstate" applied to NY State till recently. (I grew up in Ulster County, lived a while in The City.) When people ask where I'm from, I sometimes say I'm from the part of the Appalachians that used to be Dutch-speaking. It shortens the explanations. Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]