tree lawns; was Re: Off and on

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Sep 22 05:18:28 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:49 PM, Paul Johnston wrote:
> The use of "tree lawn" is a stereotype in our house; my wife is originally
> from the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland and later, Parma, OH,
> and she uses the term all the time.  I got in touch with DARE about the
> term and they sent me a map of their responses, which were heavily
> concentrated around NE OH generally.  When surveying my students,
> I found that St. Joseph, MI, and seemingly only St. Joe, also uses the word.

You can also find a map of "tree lawn" usage in Bert Vaux's dialect survey:


Ben Zimmer

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