Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 10:06:46 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: icebox and upstate Lynne writes, >well, to my mind, the lower hudson valley is not upstate--anything >south of albany (and not in the southern tier) is downstate. but >nobody asked us western new yorkers. Clearly, as we've been seeing, it's all relative--in fact we all seem to be operating with maps in our heads corresponding to that famous Steinberg New Yorker cover. But what I was particularly curious about was... >Lynne, from newark, new york (NO! NOT NEW JERSEY!) whether Lynne and her fellow-Newark(NY)ers disambiguate their home town the way people in New-ARK, Delaware do. At least I assume the latter is one level a conscious attempt to dissociate Newark, Del. from the "real" Newark, rather than just a local practice on the level of CHAY-lie, NY (in Greece-Chili, the suburb of Rochester), KAI-ro (Cairo) Illinois, BER-lin Conn., etc. (I suppose the various BER-lins may be disambiguators too, especially if the pronunciation shifted around 1914.) Does anyone happen to know if there's a treatment of this variety of taboo avoidance? Larry