On Campbells and camels

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Aug 3 03:06:32 UTC 2000

At 9:03 AM -0500 8/3/00, Jessie Emerson wrote:
>Another couple of bits of data on the South Midland/Southern theory:
>2.  Sometimes in the South (and maybe elsewhere, as well), some religious
>groups that believe in predestination are called /kaem at laIts/--it's even
>spelled "Camelites" sometimes.  It comes from "Campbellites," the names of
>followers of a particular Scottish religious leader (I think--religious
>history is not my forte).
And if those Southerners were visiting Boston, any reference to those
religious groups would be interpreted as a discussion of the order of
sisters devoted to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, i.e. the Carmelites, no
relation to the Scottish Presbyterians Thomas and Alexander Campbell.


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