Date: Mon, 7 Nov 1994 22:09:34 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: 'swan' in TX, ARK Has someone yet mentioned during this thread that the OED lists the verb as derived from a 'prob. north. Eng. dial. I s'wan 'I shall warrant', i.e. 'I'll be bound', and says it was later taken as (folk-etymologized to) a 'minicing substitute for 'swear'. First citation is 1832. There's another slang verb, also largely attested in 'exclamatory asseveration' (don't you just love 'em?), of the form 'swanny', derived by the OED from 'I shall warrant ye'. Anybody ever heard that one? Prob'ly not, I swanny. (No relation to the "Swanny" River, I don't guess.) --Larry