Date: Wed, 21 Sep 1994 15:26:13 EDT
From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Ohio University Electronic Communication
Date: 21-Sep-1994 03:13pm EST
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From: David Bergdahl Dept: English
BERGDAHL Tel No: (614) 593-2785
My wife was a psychotherapist in Pittsburgh before I met her and one of
the local expressions that puzzled her when she first arrived was "nebby" for
nosey or meddlesome, e.g. "She's so nebby she wants to know everything."
It's recognized by Iron City residents as a localism alongside "Sasa:d"
[southside], "StillMills"[steelmills--of which there are few anymore--another
localism] and "redd up" [straighten up the house/make ready]. Yesterday one of
my freshman students from Columbus Ohio (both parents natives also] used the
term "nibby" with the same meaning. How wide is the distribution of
nebby/nibby? I've heard "nebby" very rarely and OU students from Pittsburgh
area don't universally know it, but this is the first "nibby" I've heard in 27
yrs. Anybody on the list know either?
David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens OH BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CaTS.OHIOU.EDU
Received: 21-Sep-1994 03:26pm