Date: Tue, 25 Oct 1994 14:57:54 -0400 From: PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET Subject: thanks for stopping! The "Go/come with" questions reminded me of something I encountered about 12 years ago. After college at UGA, I lived in Chapel Hill Nc for a while and canvassed for ACORN all over central Carolina, working out of Durham and going door-to-door to raise money (middle-class and poorer folks) and organize (mostly poorer folks). Over and over people would say to me at the end of an interaction (andd this was whether they gave me money or not-- unless they were really upset at me), "Thanks for stopping." [actually, /stapIn/] The first few times I wondered "stopping what?" and thought maybe they'd left off the "in", or "by". Finally I just decided it was a Carolina thing. Is this usage customary elsewhere? Do others from the region know it? Again, this wasn't just in the big Triangle towns, but also in Henderson, Oxford, Gray, working-class black neighborhoods in Greensboro, etc. I don't hear it anymore now that I'm in DC. But then this is not, contrary to popular opinion, a Southern town (even though NC is a primary source of immigration, esp. African American), and I don't knock on doors much anymore... --peter patrick