Fwd: Media Query: Baltimore "Hon" controversy

Grant Barrett grantbarrett at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 4 14:12:45 UTC 2011

Below is a media query which you may want to respond to. Please respond directly to the original sender rather than to the list. 

Grant Barrett
American Dialect Society
Vice President of Communications and Technology
grantbarrett at gmail.com

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Catherine Duchamp <duchamp at american.edu>
> Date: January 3, 2011 13:58:07 PST
> To: administrator at americandialect.org
> Subject: Media Query: Baltimore "Hon" controversy
> Hi there. My name is Cathy Duchamp.  I'm a Baltimore-based reporter for the NPR affiliate in DC, WAMU 88.5 FM.
> I'm looking for a referral to a linquist who's studied dialect issues in Baltimore, specifically, the origin and use of the 
> word "Hon." [short for "Honey, as a way of addressing people].  I scanned your list of media experts and didn't find 
> anyone from Baltimore or who's looked into Maryland/mid-Atlantic dialect issues so thought I would see if you can think
> of someone.   The story I'm producing is about the controversy over trademarking the word "Hon," which is a cherished
> term of endearment in Baltimore/seen as a part of the city's identity. 
> Thanks in advance for your help- Cathy
> Cathy Duchamp
> Reporter, Greater Baltimore beat
> WAMU 88.5 FM
> wamu.org
> duchamp at wamu.org
> 443-756-0606

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