OT fingers and genealogy
|From:||Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 15:26|
Tom Wier wrote:
> Anyways, that's a round-about way of saying that I find
> it quite possible that the vector for introducing words
> was Scottish, and that this was taken thence to America.
> Question: how common is "pinky" in the New York area?
> Dutch Americans living in what became New York would be
> another vector for the word.
>Well, at least one family of Dutch descent got around quite a bit-- the
Westfalls. There is still a large branch of them in NY/NJ; I've encountered
the name in Michigan too. Sometime pre-1776 three brothers/cousins and their
families migrated from NY to the wilds of western Virginia, and multiplied.
A large group of them are still there. At least one of the sons moved on to
Ohio, then to Indiana; others have ended up in CA, WA, OR. One of the WVA
daughters married my g-g-gdfather, and they tagged along to Indiana,
ultimately on to Iowa and South Dakota.
But despite that bit of Dutch in my background, I can't recall hearing
"pink(ie, y)" until I was an adult, and involved in the gay world in NYC--
usually in the disparaging phrase "pinkie ring". :-(((
Any possibility of a link with "piggy" in the old rhyme about the toes??
"This little piggy went to market....etc." That I recall with delight from