Date: Fri, 1 Sep 1995 09:37:12 CST

From: Luanne von Schneidemesser lvonschn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU

Subject: Re: knee high to ?

In Message Fri, 1 Sep 1995 06:49:32 -0500,

wachal robert s rwachal[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BLUE.WEEG.UIOWA.EDU writes:

"a grasshopper" is standard and the only form listed in Wentworth and


Chapman also lists 'bumblebee', 'spit', and 'splinter'. Spears 1st ed.

doesn't list the item and I don't have his 2nd ed. here at home.

Maybe Joan Hall has something from the DARE files.

Bob Wachal

We are entering 'knee-high to a grasshopper' in vol. 3. It appears

throughout the country, but the form 'knee-high to a duck' is found

chiefly in the South and South Midland. We also cite 'knee-high to

a pup, jackrabbit, toad, bumblebee, cock-sparrow, June-bug, nothing.'