Tough Guy Phonology

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 26 19:27:48 UTC 2006

"... reached Camp Devens in a very dissatisfied frame of mind ..."

I can relate to that! I was there ca.forty years later, by which time
it was Fort Devens, but people were still reaching there in a very
dissatisfied frame of mind. I could tell you stories. It was at
Devens, in reference to Devens, that I first heard the phrases,
"asshole / armpit of the universe."


On 5/25/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Proof of what we already knew :
>   1918  _The Outlook_ (Oct. 2) 185 : Ginger came from the gas-house section of New York, and he reached Camp Devens in a very dissatisfied frame of mind....Ginger acquired a reputation as a tough guy because he said "dis" and "dat" and "thoity-thoid."
>   "T'oidy-t'oid" would have sounded tougher.
>   JL
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