rocks and stones

Luanne von Schneidemesser lvonschn at WISC.EDU
Tue Nov 18 21:42:04 UTC 2003

At 04:16 PM 11/18/03 -0500, you wrote:
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: rocks and stones
>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.)

Also, check DARE under rock n(1) sense 4a, A small piece of stone, such as
one may easily carry or throw.    widespread, but less freq NEast


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