Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Mon Jul 10 13:51:40 UTC 2006

"Mrs. Maxwell's" sounds like a store, probably a general store.  And what could a 14-year old girl in Arkansas possibly want at a general store before going for a walk? Maybe something for what she might encounter along the way.  Say, birds. So (my WAG for the day): How about something (bird food?) in connection with the bobolink (a type of bird)?
Gerald Cohen


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Damien Hall
Sent: Sun 7/9/2006 2:55 PM
Subject: 'Bobonkt'

Apologies for cross-posting.

Carlota Smith has posted to LINGUIST again as follows;  she gives the context of
'bobonkt' that a lot of people asked her for.

Damien Hall
University of Pennsylvania


Message 2: More on Bobonkt
Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Carlota Smith <carlotasmithmail.utexas.edu>
Subject: More on Bobonkt

Original query: http://www.linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-1952.html#2

A few days ago I posted a query about "bobonkt" and received some interesting
replies. Several people suggested that I check the transcription/spelling. I
haven't yet tracked down the word, but here is some more information.

The diary clearly says "bobonkt" but it may be a misspelling: the writer was a
14-year-old girl in the northern hills of Arkansas, near Batesville (not in the
West as I mistakenly said in my earlier posting). People also asked about the
context, which is this: "I felt like talking a walk, so I walked to Mrs
Maxwell's to get some bobonkt."

Any thoughts?
Thanks very much.
Carlota Smith


Carlota S. Smith
Centennial Professor of Linguistics
Dept of Linguistics
University of Texas
Austin, Tx 78712-1196

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