Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 11:25:20 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: Mondegreens -Reply Vicki writes: > ...Which leads me to wonder how widespread >"green" is for a public area at the center of town, possibly with >a building or two (such as a church or town hall). I know that >New Haven, Connecticut has a town green (with _three_ churches >on it, and university and government buildings around the edges, >as well as bars, banks, delis and the like), and that in much >of Massachusetts this area is called the Common. It's not just New Haven, but virtually every self-respecting Connecticut town that has a green. In Massachusetts, as far as I know, they are indeed commons, but I'm not sure whether there's an established isogloss to mark the boundary, or what they call them in Rhode Island. (I'm sure it's all in DARE, but I don't have a copy handy.) I suspect that 'green' may be more wide- spread throughout New England than 'common', but that may be my Connecticut chauvinism showing. --Larry vr%acmcr.uucp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] New York, NY