End of ADS-L Digest - 10 Nov 1994 to 11 Nov 1994 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 414 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. swan/swanny (and Suwanee) 2. Singular "they" 3. Discourse conference final call 4. Eighty-six (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 12 Nov 1994 08:55:00 EDT From: "David A. Johns" Subject: swan/swanny (and Suwanee) # Old Stevie Foster misused the name of the Suwanee River in his # "Old Folks at Home," calling it Swanee. Of course, he never even # saw the river, which originally was called the "river of reeds" # by the natives (Guasaca Esqui [source: Britannica]). The same # source says that the present name was probably a slave version of # a Spanish name: San Juanee (Little St. John). I'm sure our # Waycross correspondant can add more, I swanny. Is that me? One question: Just north of the Florida border the Suwanee joins the Suwanoochee. What's the pidgin Spanish etymology for THAT? Back to "swan/swanny": I haven't heard that around here (I'll have to ask around), but when I first moved to Florida, I noticed that a lot of folks seemed to use "promise" where I'd use "swear", as in "I never touched your skate board, I promise!" I assume this extension of "promise" is another result of the taboo on "swear". David Johns Waycross College Waycross, GA