rocks and stones
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 18 21:16:09 UTC 2003
At 2:12 PM -0500 11/18/03, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>I've never heard that Eastern and urban people prefer 'stones' over
>'rocks'. What's bumpkin about rocks???
That's why we effete types always, but always, order our single-malt
scotch on the stones. (Seriously, i was also going to say the Dolly
Parton line was an allusion to the stones that people who live in
glass houses shouldn't throw, but I was beaten to the catapult.)
>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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