[Ads-l] Dialogue from Star, a neo-blaxpoitation TV drama

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 20 23:31:46 EST 2017

On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 7:55 AM, paul johnson <paulzjoh at mtnhome.com> wrote:

> 'Benny' for overcoat

also 'Bear'

> and 'Short' for car

also ’Shark,’ in St. Louis, because of the local dialect’s pronunciation of
"or" as "ar," so that _short_, pronounced "shart," could be confused with

Addendum: as everybody probably already knows, providing samples of one’s
local dialect on YouTube is currently hip. My impression is that the former
"are/or vs. ore" StL pattern of my lost youth has succumbed to the ordinary
"or/ore vs. are" pattern in The Lou, woe worth the day. OTOH, "hurr, thurr,
and urrwhurr" are here, there, and everywhere in the St. Louis "lingo."

"Lingo" is in *widespread* BE use for _dialect_ et sim., down to "in-group
jargon." It’s not just an StL thang, even though the "Saint Louis lingo,"
is specifically noted as a distinguishing feature of the "St. Louis nigga"
in the song of the same name.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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