Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Thu Jun 12 16:53:05 UTC 2003


I don't recall ever hearing this use of "Southland"--though of course that
doesn't mean it wasn't around.  It sounds like something that would be
understood only within California.  (Unless, of course, it was part of some
tourism ad campaign that would make the meaning clear--e.g., "Come visit
OUR "Southland"!)  I don't recall hearing or seeing it during the year I
lived in Northern CA--1976-77--but again that's no guarantee.

Sorry--I'm afraid a "dated non-recollection" is the best I can do!

Peter Mc.

--On Thursday, June 12, 2003 11:35 AM -0500 Joan Houston Hall
<jdhall at WISCMAIL.WISC.EDU> wrote:

> The earliest citation DARE has found so far for "Southland," meaning
> Southern California, is from 1988.  I'm sure it goes back at least to the
> sixties; can any of you westerners give dated recollections of the use of
> the term?  Actual early citations would also be very welcome.
> Thanks,
> Joan H. Hall, Chief Editor
> Dictionary of American Regional English
> 6125 Helen White Hall
> 600 N. Park Street
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Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
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