OT, essentially: You really never know!

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 27 22:33:07 UTC 2012

Heard on Reno 911!:

Pre-adolescent karate kid who has freaked out, causing the sensei to
call the police

A. "Shut up!"

Colored Reno cop S[ven] Jones:

B. "I don't *shut* up,
 I *grow* up!
 And every time I look at *you*,
 I *throw* up!"

Until now, not only did I think that B was peculiar to Saint Louis,
but also that it was even specific to the playground of the grade
school that I attended. Besides that, only little kids used it, not
the big boys. (The school being Catholic, the playground was, well,
segregated. So, I don't know whether girls also used this rap.) The
last time that I heard it or said it was probably during the 1945-46
school-year, when I was around eight-nine years old.

According to W:pedia, Cedric "Jonesy" Yarborough "was born born March
20, 1973 in Burnsville, Minnesota. Yarbrough attended Burnsville
Senior High School and later Minnesota State University, Mankato. He
is also an alumnus of Dudley Riggs's Brave New Workshop in

So, no connection to StL and St. Bernadette School in either time or
space and the same is true of the writers, assuming that B wasn't an

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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