Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 20:58:24 -0500 From: Benjamin Barrett Subject: Re: sneakers >Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 17:10:22 -0700 >From: POLSKY ELLEN S >Sender: American Dialect Society >Is the "sneaker"-"tennis shoe" distinction purely regional? Do some >people use both with a different meaning attached to each? I come from >Phila., and I used to use only the term "sneaker", but out here in >Boulder, Colorado, it seems that "tennis shoe" is used exclusively. Any >insight? > I'm from Seattle, and "sneaker" was a word used fifteen years or more ago and sounds old-fashioned to me. With the big boom in super designed athletic shoes to everyday people, "tennis" tends to now mean shoes for tennis and I don't think I would feel comfortable using that term anymore either. yoroshiku Benjamin Barrett