Auctioneering speech (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Nov 17 19:38:00 UTC 2010

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Is there any scholarship on the development of the calling style used by
auctioneers?  A recent Slate article:

says that "No one knows exactly when auctioneers started talking that
way (although the National Auctioneers Association has made a serious
effort to investigate the question)."

It didn't take too long to find an 1899 article in which it is clear
that the cadences we expect now were in use then.

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