[Ads-l] Runs, trots, and other maladies

Joan H. Hall jdhall at WISC.EDU
Wed Mar 18 16:29:24 UTC 2015


DARE show that "trots" is widespread throughout the US. "Runs" is 
somewhat more limited, with a distribution we call "chiefly North, North 
Midland, West." The latter is somewhat more frequent than expected among 
young speakers (as of 1965-70) and urban people. In the South and South 
Midland,"squirts" is common, whereas in PA, MD, WV and OH, the 
preference is for "skitters."

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