"Least child"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Mon Aug 3 20:57:03 UTC 2009

My mother, who grew up in the Arkansas lowlands (she would be near 100 years old if she were alive) regularly used the term "least child" for "youngest child" (never for "younger child").


---- Original message ----
>Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 16:00:09 -0400
>From: Bill Palmer <w_a_palmer at BELLSOUTH.NET>
>Subject: "Least child"

>In conversation today, speaker from western NC, referred to his daughter as his "least child", meaning nothing more than the one who was younger. >
>Has anyone ever heard "least" to mean "younger" or "youngest"?
>I did not get any relevant Google hits on "least child".

>Bill Palmer

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