Date: Wed, 21 Sep 1994 15:26:13 EDT From: David Bergdahl Subject: nebby/nibby Ohio University Electronic Communication Date: 21-Sep-1994 03:13pm EST To: Remote Addressee ( _MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU ) From: David Bergdahl Dept: English BERGDAHL Tel No: (614) 593-2785 Subject: nebby/nibby 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 David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens OH BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CaTS.OHIOU.EDU Received: 21-Sep-1994 03:26pm