cavalry/ Calvary

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 15 18:26:34 UTC 2005

But Southerners seem to be doing most of the confusing.  For many of us, the distinction is so obvious that when I first mentioned to a prominent colleague that the replacement of "cavalry" by "Calvary" (though not vice versa) was an incredibly common feature of Southern speech, I was met with gales of skepticism.

But history has vindicated me.


"Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
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If you grew up in a southern Baptist or Church of Christ or any of a
number of other Protestant groups, the hymn "Calvary" makes this an easy
pair to keep straight.

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