Date: Wed, 11 Sep 1996 10:55:34 EDT
From: Undetermined origin c/o LISTSERV maintainer
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Subject: Re: oh those ignorant southerners . . .
It seems to me that, contrary to what David Johns suggests, that
"barefoot" would be an even better way of keeping someone under
control in the north than in the south. Just think, for a
moment: if someone stole your shoes in January, would you rather
be in Georgia or New Hampshire?
On the other hand, maybe the "barefoot" part has less to do with
not owning shoes than with feet swelling in pregnancy, something
"ladylike" shoes don't accommodate well. In other words, maybe
someone noticed that pregnant women are likely to take their
shoes off indoors, even in situations where other women would
consider it improper.
This speculation is a lot of fun, but I'm starting to wish for
some more data on the distribution of the phrase.
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