Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 13:59:12 +0000

From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU

Subject: Neck Hue

In this university town in Appalachian Ohio "redneck" is currently the

term-of-abuse for local kids (not townies, not university faculty brats)

in the Middle School. Athens Middle School is the first site of social

class mixing and social class stereotyping runs rampant, esp. among

university kids.

Competing terms are "Rutter" [after a local family name], "wanker" [

British slang?] or "plugger" [ use of chewing tobacco?]. Fifteen to

twenty years ago when my older kids were at AMS, the competing

terms were "ridge-runner" and "hill-jack."



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