Offensive vernacular

Your Name grendel.jjf at VERIZON.NET
Thu Feb 12 15:07:03 UTC 2004

Definitely sounds like an attempt at a dialect that has been ascribed derisively to non-persons of non-color, i.e., hillbillys.  On the other hand, Mark Twain's author's note to Huckleberry Finn listed class and racial variants of dialects from Missouri to New Orleans spoken by his characters.  He made the point, he wrote, lest readers think that the characters were all trying to sound alike, and failing.

And what difference does it make what other people may have allegedly done with an allegedly similar dialect?

Sean Fitzpatrick
Upper Darby, PA

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