gill (verb) = laugh

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 8 02:37:46 UTC 2001

At 4:27 PM -0500 8/7/01, Gerald Cohen wrote:
>    I have come across a verb "gill" (apparently = "laugh, guffaw") in
>a 1913 baseball article but don't find it listed in any dictionary.

It would help to know if it was [jIl] or [gIl].

>    The context is an inter-squad spring training-game of the Oakland Oaks.
>The quote appears in the _San Francisco Bulletin_, Feb. 28, 1913,
>p.17/5; 'Yannigans Wallop Cerro Concretes In Opening Tussle':
>'..."Tomorrow is another day," said Bill Leard, leader of the Cerros,
>"and we will turn the tables on you."
>        "Haw, haw, haw," gilled Parkins, "yaw couldn't even turn a
>nickle over in your hand, much more turn a ball game."....'
I find the last part of Parkins's quote even more interesting, given
my research interests.  "(not even x) much more y" in place of "much
less y"?  Was/Is this widely attested?


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