Date: Mon, 7 Nov 1994 21:26:31 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: 'swan' in TX, ARK > 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.) Heard of "I swanny"?? It was even more common than "I swan" in my Mississippi childhood and beyond. I'm not sure when "I swanny" and "I swan" started fading away. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]