Date: Thu, 30 Nov 1995 09:00:09 -0600 From: EJOHNSON[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUVX2.MEMPHIS.EDU Subject: Re: sneakers I'm not sure if this is idiosyncratic, regional, or what, but I use sneakers to mean those cheap canvas ones that are wwworn in the summer and come in a rainbow of colors (I have some with sequins glued on), and tennis shoes to mean the fancier running, walking, basketball, etc ad nauseum shoes. Ellen JOhnson ejohnson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >From: IN%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]" "American Dialect Society" 29-NOV-1995 18:11:27.85 >Subj: sneakers > >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? > >Ellen S. Polsky (Ellen.Polsky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Colorado.EDU)