rocks and stones

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Tue Nov 18 19:12:51 UTC 2003

I've never heard that Eastern and urban people prefer 'stones' over
'rocks'.  What's bumpkin about rocks???

At 07:45 AM 11/18/2003 -0800, you wrote:
>Never heard the song but my guess is that, rather than
>there being a cultural reason for the change, Dolly
>prefers the the sound of "stones" over "rocks".
>Certainly there must be an on-line discussion covering
>of every nuance of Dolly's life and music.
>--- Orin Hargraves <orinkh at CARR.ORG> wrote:
> > Here's something that's been bugging me: Dolly
> > Parton released a song in
> > 1980, "Shattered Image," with a recurring line,
> > "shatter my image with the
> > rocks you throw." It is recorded in a new version on
> > her relatively recent
> > (2002) album  "Halos and Horns," but the word
> > "rocks" is systematically
> > changed to "stones" throughout. What's that about?
> > "Rocks" is certainly the
> > word I would have chosen in the context, but
> > somewhere along the line I got
> > a notion that "stones" would be the choice for an E
> > coast or urban speaker.
> > She has always touted rather than tried to disguise
> > her bumpkin origins, so
> > I wonder what the vocab makeover was about. Any
> > ideas or inside info?
> >
> > Orin Hargraves
> > (at one time neither E coast nor urban)
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