rocks and stones

Dan Goodman dsgood at VISI.COM
Wed Nov 19 02:43:23 UTC 2003

James Stalker wrote:
> Arthur Norman in "A Southwest Texas dialect study," notes that stone
> fence is Northern.  DARE, according to Carver, puts rock fence is the
> Midland area.  Perhaps Dolly was doing her native dialect when she did
> rocks and has shifted to stones to accommodate the proverb, or because
> somebody told her rocks is wrong.

In Ulster County NY, as of the 1950s through 1960s, it was a stone fence
-- but its components were as likely as not to be called rocks.

Dan Goodman
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