flips and gasmeters

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 8 01:20:33 UTC 2001

At 3:13 AM -0500 3/8/01, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
>Now I've listened to the "Slim and Slam" piece in question.
>I note that Slim Gaillard was noted for his invention of words and even of
>a "language" ("Vout"). So maybe it's no surprise that the slang is opaque.
>[Slim and Slam are remembered for some heavy-handed ethnic impressions,
>some of which I just listened to: "Chinatown, My Chinatown", "African
>Jive", "Vol Vistu Gaily Star" (Spanish? Portuguese?)

No, this is Yiddish too, at least partly

>... "Matzoh Balls"
>seems to be simply about food though (matzoh balls [with horseradish],
>gefilte fish).]
You sure it wasn't the gefilte fish with the horseradish?


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