End of ADS-L Digest - 27 Nov 1995 to 28 Nov 1995 ************************************************ There are 36 messages totalling 755 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. toboggan (3) 2. Heartburns 3. Merc? (4) 4. Separate dialects? (3) 5. Mary/merry/marry 6. /w/ and /hw/ (2) 7. /w/ and /hw/ (and /hyu/ and "R") 8. Open Mic (2) 9. suck (eggs) 10. -head (11) 11. 12. -heads (2) 13. sneakers (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 08:16:58 -0500 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: toboggan >Jim Stalker is right on about the 'tobaggon' business in KY (at least >Louisville area). I'm not sure if my use was idiosyncratic, but for me >(growing up in the same place at roughly the same time), a 'tobaggon' >additionally required an elongated top, with, perhaps, the prototypical >form having a fuzzy ball on the end. I had no term for 'knit cap' till I >was blown north in the 60's. >Perhaps we had names for only the cartoonish forms of this outerwear down >in Louisville since, unlike here in East Lansing, we didn't need the damn >things so often >Dennis 'Cold-ears' Preston > I call the thing a tobaggon whether it is elongated or not. I learned the word from my mother when I was wee thing in Texas. People have corrected me and told me that a tobaggon is a sled. The thing on my head is supposed to be called a knit cap. My central Georgia wife did not even know what I was talking about when I said that I was going to wear my tobaggon. She won't let me wear the one I got from Lake Titicaca because, she says, I look like a fool in it. A child in the Wal-Mart Parking lot called me Santa Claus once when I had it on. Speaking of Santa Claus, I heard three black males about the age of Beavis and Butthead on Saturday in the Macon Mall pun their way past three white females of a similar age and class, saying "HO, HO, HO" in a loud voice (i.e., "whore, whore, whore"). However, black college students told me last week that "ho" (i.e., "whore") now refers to a promiscuous male; a promiscuous female is called a "freak." The etymological explanation offered to me posited that the new meaning for "freak" comes from Atlanta's "Freaknik" since this party offers numerous opportunities for one-time anonymous sex ("which is the best way to have it," the student said). Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu