cavalry/ Calvary

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Aug 15 20:14:00 UTC 2005

I have heard this reversal widespread throughout the US. It hardly
seesm "Southern" to me.


>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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