Date: Thu, 22 Sep 1994 13:00:32 EDT From: Michael Montgomery Subject: nebby The term _nebby_ most likely represents another contribution of the Ulster Scots (Scotch-Irish) to the Upper Ohio River Valley, where they were the largest European group in the late 18th/early 19th century. Many Ulster glossaries list the term. Michael Traynor in his _English Dialect of Donegal_ does so perhaps most in detail; he offers three senses, one adjectival, two nominal: 1. impertinent, ill-natured; 2. a tell-tale gossip; 3. a cheeky forward person. Along with _redd up_, _you'uns_, _need_ + past part., and others, the term _nebby_ can be traced back directly to Ulster and ultimately to Scotland. Michael Montgomery, Dept of English, U of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208