Date: Mon, 27 Oct 1997 10:23:20 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: "Nary?" At 09:09 AM 10/27/97 -0600, you ("Emerson, Jessie J" ) wrote: >> Usage citations run from 1746 to 1974.... >> >And it is still alive in kicking in some parts of North Alabama. > "Nary a" and/or other ways of saying this ("neer a") are pretty common in Faulkner in books published from the late 20s to the late 50s with a north-Mississippi setting.... Anse Bundren uses it early in As I Lay Dying (1930?) if memory serves; I don't have the book here at the office. Also, the phrase is used jocularly by urban folks. About five years ago one of US talkshow host Tom Snyder's catch-phrases (he used it often enough so I happened to hear it several times without hearing his show often) was (more or less), "There's nary a whisper of chicken in Chicken McNuggets." I believe Snyder is from small-town Wisconsin (?) but he has worked as a broadcaster in urban markets for something like 40 years now. Gregory {Greg} Downing, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]