Early use of "phatt" (1873)
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Tue Jun 1 03:36:25 UTC 2004
Using Newspaperarchive, we find:
3 June, 1955 _Bennington(VT) Evening Banner_ 8/5
(This article is referring to Copies of "Josh Billings' Farmer's Alliminax." One was 1873, one was 1878.
<<Here is a sample of what she found in the 1873 copy:
Joel Briggs a peddlar was,
A peddlar of renown,
He delt in tin ware and sl(?)ich,
And druv frum town to town.
"Once his hoss had been a nag,
A troiting nag at that,
But now he was a pelter,
An enny thing but phatt.>>
Now--I have a question. What's the dialect that 'Josh Bilings' stuff represents? Black? Poor white? I'm sure that I could find it, but others here surely know the answer, and it's getting late.
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