Postscript: "prom"--a bit of data . . .

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat May 6 19:14:50 UTC 2006

Regarding "prom" as it's been discussed recently--an example
of what linguists refer to (technically speaking) as Words
That Used To Have "The" In Front Of Them But Don't Anymore:

My son and daughter-in-law both graduated from high school
in 1991 (from large, racially and economically diverse
public schools is different Georgia cities), and they are
both "the prom" speakers.  So the change seems to be even
more recent than I had supposed.


The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list