Song title in iTunes

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 7 19:44:39 UTC 2008

The thirty-second iTunes snip doesn't provide sufficient context for
me to do more than to make an educated(?) guess.

"Evil" here describes a personality trait and not a moral failing. A
person who is "evil" in this sense is a person with a mean, nasty,
unpleasant personality.

"She's so mean and evil that can't anybody [be found who will] stay
with her," describing a mean old lady for whom it was difficult to
find a housekeeper-companion

"Hinkty" means "snobbish, biggety, putting on airs, acting above one's
station." The "correct" spelling of this word can't be known, since
the spellings "hinkty" and "hankty" are both pronounced in the South
and in a whole lot of the North as though spelled "hankty." And
"hinkty" as a pronunciation could be a Northern hypercorrection.

It could also be the case that the late bluesman, a native of East
Texas whose day job was migratory agricultural worker, could have been
being hinkty in presuming to use "hinkty" in his song, mispronouncing
it as "hanky," a word otherwise unknown, there being no shortened form
of "handkerchief," always pronounced "HANK-a-cheef."


On 2/7/08, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
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> Would you mind translating that for those of us ignorant of the lingo?
> On Feb 7, 2008 2:18 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
> > Mercedes Walton a.k.a. "Mercy Dee":
> >
> > "Evil and Hanky"
> >
> > I'd bet money that this title is actually
> >
> > "Evil and Hinkty"
> >
> > -Wilson
> > <>
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> Mark Mandel
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