Date: Fri, 3 Oct 1997 15:16:00 -0500
From: Cynthia Bernstein bernscy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU
Subject: Re: pop one's fingers
I polled my undergraduate intro to linguistics class at Auburn (Alabama),
but none had "pop" to mean "snap." About a third of them used "pop" with
"knuckles" or "fingers" to mean 'to crack one's knuckles (fingers)'.
Dept. of English
Auburn University, AL 36849-5203
On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, Joan Houston Hall wrote:
We didn't ask this question in the DARE questionnaire, but anecdotal
evidence suggests that "to pop one's fingers," meaning 'to snap one's
fingers' (i.e., sliding the middle finger quickly off the thumb onto the
palm, making a snapping sound) is found chiefly in the South. Are some of
you familiar with the term? When? Where?