Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 16:07:38 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Re: buggy vs. cart Growing up in Ohio, I always heard people use the term "cart" or "grocery cart." I lived in Missouri for ten years and all I heard was the same term "cart" or "grocery cart." I lived in Georgia--northeastern corner a stone's throw from the Alabama border--for two years, and it was there that I first heard the expression "buggy" to refer to what I always called a grocery cart. Of course, I pay some attention to language choices people make, but I remember that this term really stood out when I first heard it. I at first thought the term had some semantic difference associated with it--what people called a "buggy" at this one local store--with lots of local poor working class people (not the shopping mall types)--was a huge plastic shopping cart (on wheels of course). But I soon determined that the term "buggy" extended to include wire carts as well. Having heard the term in no other regions where I have lived (Except I do hear it some now in Kentucky) and hearing no reports of such use in other regions, as indicated in responses so far to the list, I think it may be safe to conclude that the use of "buggy" to refer to a shopping cart is a distinctive southern feature. Which was the original query, I believe. P.S. I was a Yankee living in the South, and I felt the sort of exclusion others have mentioned--this is in the rural areas. I realized I would probably never be truly accepted, even if I joined the Baptist Church and married a local gal. SO I left. Terry -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)