Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell" hpst at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Dec 6 14:32:43 UTC 2006

Anyone who has not read H. Allan Smith's "The Compleat Practical Joker"
will no doubt fall for a couple of his gags as did a friend of mine many
years ago when I had a friend who was travelling through another part of
the country post him a letter with the first page missing but with the
second page containing very disturbing news about a project they had both
taken part in with no return address.

Worked like a charm, and he called me up in a panic.

If it wasn't so much fun I would have felt bad about it.

Page Stephens

> [Original Message]
> From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
> Date: 12/5/2006 2:18:07 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell"
> So, George, you think we're the only ones who recognize the name of H.
Allen Smith ?  He was pretty well-known...back then.....
>   Uh-oh.
>   JL
> George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
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> Sender: American Dialect Society
> Poster: George Thompson
> Subject: Re: Yee-ha(w) / "Rebel yell"
> The Rebel Yell, being a carpetbagger's attempt to establish the truth
> concerning the screech of the Confederate soldier plus lesser matters
> appertaining to the peculiar habits of the South. Garden City, N.Y.,
> Doubleday, 1954.
> Smith was a popular humorist, author of Rhubarb (made into a movie,
> probably a pretty bad one), Low Man on the Totem Pole, and other
> stuff. I read this in the 50s, have no memories of it. Don't expect
> footnotes or IPA transcriptions, though.
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.
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