trunk vs boot

Thom Harrison THarriso at MAIL.MACONSTATE.EDU
Tue Dec 3 14:01:20 UTC 2002

Actually, where I grew up (north Florida in the 1950s), that part of the car
was called the cooter shell, at least by some of my relatives.  This may
have been jocular usage, but it had some currency.

Thom Harrison

-----Original Message-----
From: Beverly Flanigan [mailto:flanigan at OHIOU.EDU]
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 3:07 PM
Subject: Re: trunk vs boot

And I've had students from very far south in Ohio (Portsmouth, Ironton) who
also use 'boot'.  Is it perhaps South Midland, or more generally Southern?

At 01:06 PM 12/2/2002 -0600, you wrote:
>"Boot" was/is?? widely used in Texas also.
>Catherine Merlen wrote:
> > le 2/12/02 18:36, Erin Conley à ekconley at HOTMAIL.COM a écrit :
> >
> > > In the small Kentucky community, where I grew up, people always
> referred to
> > > the "trunk" of the car as the "boot."  I always thought it was the
> southern
> > > way of saying it, until I first went to college in the mountains of
> Eastern
> > > Kentucky.  It was there that my new friends laughed their heads off at
> > > hearing me say this.  Someone told me that is how they refer to it in
> > > England.  Does anyone know if theret is truth to that?  Since that
> time, I
> > > have never heard any other Kentuckians refer to it as a "boot" other
> > > those who live in my little community.
> > --
> >
> > Indeed, the boot is the trunk in england. They even have boot-sales
> > some sort of swapmart or garage sales out of the boot of their cars.
> >
> > Catherine

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