[Ads-l] _teenincy_ redux

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 23 01:19:04 EDT 2016


"TEENINCY [ti 'naIntsI], adj. Very tiny."


Undocumented addendum by this correspondent:

Also [ti 'naintSI] in TX.

http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2010-August/102311.html

Apparently, the latter pronunciation is also known beyond the borders of
Texas.

I Love Myself when I Am Laughing. And Then Again when I Am Looking Mean and
Impressive.
https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0912670665
Zora Neale Hurston, ‎Alice Walker - 1979 - ‎Literary Collections
Mrs. Tony all but fell to the floor in her agony. "Lawd a'mussy! Mist'
Starks, you ain 't gointuh gimme dat lil _teeninchy_ piece fuh me and all
mah chillun, is yuh?

And it lives, yet:

ornamentalconfectionery.blogspot.com/2015/08/cirrus-solids-miniquilt-challenge.html
Ornamental Confectionery: Cirrus Solids Miniquilt Challenge--Finished!
Aug 13, 2015 - I did no prep beyond lowering tension a _teeninchy_ bit---no
thread stand, used a regular quilting needle---and only had one thread
break, at the very beginning.


The blogger gives her location as "Mid-Atlantic."

Someone else uses @teeninchy as a Twitter handle.
-- 
-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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