Date: Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:03:58 -0400 From: Wayne Glowka Subject: [mIzrIz] update/big dog Students in my linguistics class report the use of [mIzrIz] by two different groups. A black female in her late teens or early 20s reports that it is used by "old black ladies in Macon like my mother." A white student in her late 20s or early 30s reports that everybody (i. e. white) says it in Lumberton, "where I'm from." ******************************* Speaking of "big dogs"--a couple of years ago there was a public scandal about UGA football players and grades in developmental studies. A popular bumper sticker that functioned as a take-off of the familiar UGA "Let the big dog run" read "Let the big dog read." Then, of course, there is the line from the song (is it called "Matchbox Blues"?): "Let me be your little dog till your big dog comes." Ringo sang this for the Beatles. I don't remember the rhyme tag at the end of the repetition. The line bespeaks a certain hesitation on the part of a male to make a commitment. Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]