[Ads-l] [Non-DoD Source] Re: "Yay long"

Thu May 4 13:32:27 EDT 2017

I may be wrong, but I don't think Blanc would have had much to do with the wording of the dialogue.  I think scripts for the cartoons were set in stone by the time dialog was recorded, so credit for the words would have gone to Michael Maltese or whoever wrote that particular episode.  

In fact, there's a Google Books version of "Chuck Jones:  Conversations" that specifically says that Blanc did not write dialogue.

> Interesting how much of the early usage was centered in Oregon. And if JL's recollection of Bugs Bunny using it is correct, that would fit
> too, as Mel Blanc hailed from Portland, OR.
> On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil>
> wrote:
> > Bend OR _The Bend Bulletin_ 24 Sep 1941 p 27 col 2 "Dress goods --
> > woolens, cottons, in astonishing array, plaids, corduroys, it's all
> > there at Wetle's, with books yea-big of patterns, for those handy with
> > a needle."
> >
> > La Grande OR _La Grande Observer_ 11 May 1943 p 6 col 1 "Fireman Oscar
> > Marshall put Sunday afternoon to good use by catching a fine limit of
> > trout from the Wallowa river, including several which were "oh, about
> > yay big!" "
> >
> > La Grande OR _La Grande Observer_ 24 Jun 1943 p 1 col 2 "Due to Jean's
> > age and size, she will have to wait awhile to enlist in the WAAC, but
> > she won't have to wait long for her uniform, which is size -- oh,
> > well, about so long . . . and yay wide, complete with metal military
> > buttons."

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