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Frank in the swamps American Cultural oddities (125* d) RE: American Cultural oddities 21 Apr 98

Talking of rolling your own, that's how I got started on the demon nicotine. I still make sure I have the "makins'" when I go camping, although I don't smoke anymore except when camping. Whenever I'm with the kinfolk from Scotland we have a few old worn out laughs over some of this stuff, I'll be asked if I want a "fag" and declining the offer, will ask if anyone would like to join me in buying a bottle and going off on a "bender". No one wants to join me on a bender since that to them means "fag" to me, but they'll stick a "butt" between their lips suck on it.

I recall reading somewhere (I think B.A.Botkin) about how some of the early English settlers in the southern U.S. pronounced "ask" as "Aks". Which may or may not be the reason that "Aks" is the pronunciation among some of our African-American brethren, a case of the Black community preserving an older form of regional English which has died out elswhere.

But if I had "barrow/borrow" pits near my house, folks trying to capture my pronunciation would probably spell them "barru pits" or "borry pits". By any 'count, it's time for me to "hit the hay", so I'm off to stick my head in a bucket (Cuz I'm so bright, Mommas gotta put a bucket on my head a'fore the sun kin come up). Cuz where I am, Dawn is "spreading her rosy fingers across the sky". Chow, Ya'll.


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