Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 09:29:29 PDT From: tom creswell Subject: Re: Another Lexical Item Apparently none of the subscribers to ADS-L had the advantages I did--being raised in neighborhoods of two- and three-story apartment buildings on the south side of Chicago, which in the Twenties were most commonly referred to, except by realtors, as _flat buildings_.. I must have been in my thirties before hearing anyone refer to the concrete walking place between buildings as anything other than a GANGWAY.. As a very young child, on the _sidewalk_ running parallel to the street, I played hopscotch and a game called Sky Blue, involving patterns drawn with chalk.These games were not sexually discriminatory and were jointly played by boys and girls., In later childhood, sexual discrimination having raised its ugly head, boys only rolled marbles called " commies" (obivously for "common") at other, more highly valued marbles, known generically as "canicks," such as "aggies" (made of agate) and "moonies" (pearly white, resem- bling opals), which had differing values stated in terms of the number of squares from which a player had to roll at them. If your commie hit the canick, it was yours; if not, the owner of the canick, who sat on the sidewalk beyond his prize with his legs spread aside to catch them, kept your commies. The most valuable canick I remember was one owned by my brother Sam--a 25 square, very small aggie. As a squarewas about four feet long, you had to roll your commie about 100 feet to hit the tiny aggie. No one ever hit it; My brother Sam had ten or twelve cigar boxes full of commies--more than any other boy in the neighborhood.. If I seem to have wandered far from the subject of sidewalks, please excuse the garrulity that unfortunately accompanies advancing years. Tom Creswell