a word from "Huck Finn"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 1 23:32:49 UTC 2012

On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 5:13 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Ian Frazier in the March 5 _New Yorker_ (p. 26) has a brief article on a
> "Community Dialogue" on Staten Island about a certain word that appears in
> _Huckleberry Finn_.
> What could the word be? Frazier doesn't say.
> Anyway, "During the entire two-hour conversation, amost nothing from either
> 'Tom Sawyer' or 'Huckleberry Finn' was discussed, except the word."
> Huh!
> JL
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In the same issue, Joan Acocella writes of "baby-doll pajamas." Say what, now?

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