flyting and rap

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 13 18:05:07 UTC 2009

In this sentence --

> /Another such
>    reduplicative or interruptive syllable still in use among American
>    Negro reciters today --- who do not say "toastisses," so far as I
>    know --- is "two-faceted," meaning having two faces, not two facets;
>    as quoted in Bruce Jackson's /Get Your Ass In the Water /(1974) p.
>    101: "But it's hell to learn when you have to burn for some
>    two-faceted cocaine broad."

-- I bet the word transcribed "two-faceted" has 3 syllables, not four:
  /tu: feistId/ rather than /tu: faesItId/
as if "two-faced" + "-ed". Seems likelier in the register, makes more
sense, and scans better.

Mark Mandel

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