Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Mon Aug 8 20:48:14 UTC 2005

In St. Louis - well, during my childhood and youth there in the '40's,
the '50's, and the early '60's, at least - "shone" was pronounced

Which reminds me. Anybody who's familiar with the programs on Comedy
Central will have noticed that both black males and white males often
address each other as "son." This is a custom of long standing. When I
was a child in Texas, black school kids would often add the mild
"jone": "I don't call you 'sun' because you shine. I call you 'son'
because you mine." That is, in case you don't know who your father is
(because your mother is a whore), I'm your father.

Which reminds me. The late, great Otis Blackwell, best known as a
songwriter for Elvis, was himself a one-hit wonder with the R&B song,
"Daddy Rolling Stone," which opened with the phrase, "I'm Daddy Rolling
Stone." I once saw a guy, clearly a fan of the song, wearing a leather
jacket on whose back he had painted, "_Hum_ Daddy Rolling Stone."
Apparently, even other black people are sometimes unable to understand
the speech of black people.

-Wilson Gray

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