Y'all Say WHUTTTT?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sat Sep 29 18:21:54 UTC 2007

Reminds me of a joke (not hilarious, but I pass it along anyway) told to me by an elderly lady in a nearby town. "Did you know the three wise men in the Christmas story were firemen?" When I said "No," she continued. "It says in the Bible they came from afar."
Gerald Cohen
Rolla, MO


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Doug Harris
Sent: Sat 9/29/2007 11:52 AM
Subject: Y'all Say WHUTTTT?

'Got a phone call yesterday on our business line, clearly
from a call center, based on the amount of chatter in the
background. I couldn't hear who the caller said she was
representing, and I was totally befuddled by her question:
"Who's yer far chiff?"
I asked several times for her to repeat, then gave up in
frustration, said I didn't know, and hung up.
As I did so, I recalled that for some odd reason, that
line has been known to be called by people seeking our
tiny village's fire department.
The light went on: She was enquiring as to our _fire chief_.
She's got _some_ heavy-duty accent!
 (the other) doug

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