Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 21:05:26 -0400

From: Ron Butters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: thanks re funeralize

Thanks to all for the info on FUNERALIZE. In the cultural context, it makes

sense--even if to this outsider it sounds like a bizzare hyper form. I would

have said that the church was where the children had been baptized and where

the wife's funeral had "taken place" or "been held." What surprises me is the

fact that the television reporter seemed clearly to find the expression

perfectly natural. My partner--who has lived in urban North & South Carolina

all his 41 years--found the expression as strange as I did. And in my 30

years here in Durham I don't think that I've ever heard it, either.