Prom time . . . .

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue May 2 17:14:58 UTC 2006

Although HOMECOMING usually denotes a series of occasions
(parade, pep rally, football game, dance, etc.)--whereas (as
Arnold remarks) PROM refers to a "specific event" (thence
some of its oddity to superannuated ears).

Larry, that sentence-initial, sans-negative "anymore" sounds
REALLY odd to me!


>"Homecoming" works this way too--wonder if that's the
sponsor for the shift in "prom".  Anymore, homecoming is
sort of a partial-dress rehearsal for prom in the high

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