Flips & gasmeters

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Sat Mar 10 01:00:37 UTC 2001

In a message dated 03/09/2001 5:23:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, gt1 at NYU.EDU

>  As for this humor being heavy- handed:
>  to be sure it is, but what is to be done?  We are enlightened, and our
>  forebearers were not.  Dialect humor was very wide-spread in vaudeville
>  and radio, and even in early television.

Much earlier.  Attila the Hun had a court jester who specialized in dialect

(Reference: Priscus, quoted in C.D. Gordon, "The Age of Attila." Univ. of
Michigan Press, 1972.  I'm quoting this one from memory so I hope it's

              - Jim Landau

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