Stoop in DARE

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Tue Sep 25 03:17:30 UTC 2007

I heard it as kid in Virginia in the early 1950's, from parents who were
born in the 1920's in VA.

Considering how far back the word appears in print in the US, hard to
believe it is selectively regional.  Unless you're talking about kids born
in the last 30 years.  They might have lost the context.

Sam Clements
----- Original Message -----
From: "Nadia Pazolis-Gabriel" <nadpaz3 at GMAIL.COM>
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 10:53 PM
Subject: Stoop in DARE

> Dear all,
> A faithful reader of this wonderful listserv until last year, I got too
> busy
> with school and work and had to unscubscribe.
> Today, I'm back on the list to satisfy my curiosity!
> I am a graduate student in Library Science. In my Reference class, we are
> currently studying encyclopedias and dictionaries.
> The teacher asked us a tricky question about the regional use of a word:
> "Where in the US is the word "stoop" popularly used to mean a porch?"
> We students all had DARE in mind.
> Little did we know: There's no volume 5 yet - so, no way to look up the
> entry for "stoop" - and the entry at "porch" doesn't help much.
> My husband told me "Oh, in Buffalo we used stoop for porch!"
> Could someone tell us what DARE would say?
> Thank you!
> Nadia Gabriel
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