Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 22:52:47 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: contempt vs. content
Marianna di Paolo writes (in response to Tom Clark),
I've lived in and out of Utah. I knew "contempt" before I lived there,
but I've heard "content" used by old husbands who know better than to
rile their wives. But Marianna Dipaolo will be able to set us all right.
Well, I wish I could, Tom, but I have never heard the expression with
anything other than "contempt". But so far the discussion suggests that
"content" only occurs in Utah and maybe only in small towns. Is that
Well, Marianna, I can assure you that while my "content" may have been picked
up in New York (Manhattan or Long Island--the source, no doubt, of my
"jew-le-ry"), or perhaps in California (L.A. or Berkeley), or even in the
midwest (Ann Arbor or Madison), it most definitely was not contracted in a
small town in Utah.