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From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 29, 2005, 15:26
Tom Wier wrote:
(snip much)
> > 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 WAY back.