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PAGE SIX ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5,1963 Jvht r Allen Writes: Journeymen Spread Picturesque Speech By JOIW W. ALLEN Southern Illinois llnlversity Though a person may not say one word about himself, the very In which he speaks does so. I given. Perhaps they will bring others to mind. An attempt is made to combine them in a ran- slow as t!ir r-cven year eefch." A "shike poke" who could hardly- cast a "shndder" rode a "gant- ed" hoise. otherwise a "rack of bones." A "gimlet head" sometimes went on a "tear." An upstart often was "taken down a peg or two" — Some were 'low down" and "onery" enough to Itell "barefaced" or "pint blank" lies. Men gather "burshes a n d jhrars into bresh piles" which they dom manner to indicate their i "burnt." Women "net flat arns," meaning to those less familiar,!,. land swapped "receipts." Many set a good table" and "lit" the \VHY |n WMJi:il IK' >LffrtI\^ UUf^ .-". . . . , .-M-< «I ft^^t inirn <.nvj .11 *"Qualified listeners often can tell tllHt IS ',? Sa - % ;. tllOSr who d ° "'"ilamps. They warned children to " Krller Community Club Will Meet I CHKSTKRFIELD — Ke 1 1 e r !Community Club will meet Fri 'day al 7:30 p.m. i Chesterfield Notes i CHESTERFIELD — Members !of the United Church School will meet Thursday evening at the .church for their monthly business i meeting. The Rev. and Mrs. Rodney and i family visited Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Vancil and family at Avon, 111. Mrs. Olive Wheeler left this morning for Peoria, where she will attend Peoria High School j graduation exercises. Her grandson. James Wheeler, is a member of the class. LKASt'RE I'M)ER PRESSURE j SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Chain- jpagnc is under from 30 to 45 ! pounds pressure per square inch. A Wine Institute spokesman cau- tioi.ed that a bottle being opened should not be pointed at anyone. 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These arc told hritches" eating "stripedy can-i -n lprp \ V ere "granny women, by (he'particular words he uses.^V- A " know that "Wlin 1 " food j..,^^ KUMS ," n nd "houn 1 dogs." the way in which he pronounces j k °P ( '' from "-"Pil'n'-" One al-jp oop | ( , livrd riown hy the "crick."| fhem and hy other speech charac-l" lost always can "jine" a church| ThjnRS wrrr -his'n" or "her'n." ieven if he is later "churched" forj pornp times "onrn." A situation' Isonie misdeed or omission. Teach- i sometimes urew "wus." — II was; ers once "learned their scholars" |.. [urt jp,." around a field then it 1 arithmetic 1 in which some did was "acrost" it. A man "straight "rat well," perhaps to avoid being "whupped." Some people still buy "fillum" and take "picturs" or "pitchers" of "ellum" (roes. Not long ago a narrator said that some "wasp- PS" stung his "wristes." Careless persons still "sunter" through gates and fail to "shet" them, perhaps allowing a "cow brute" speech teristios. Onlv in the Southern Highlands, that section marie up of the adjoining mountain regions of Virginia, North Carolina. Tennessee and Kentucky, would one expect to hear another told that he had "mommicked" something. "You all" naturally reminds the listener of the South. Where else hut in the west would one hear another that he was "coffee grinding" when he wound a rope clockwise around a saddle horn. Only in the tidewater region of Virgin-(to "S if outen" the "paster." Boys ia is the listener likely to hear a once "rid. rud or driv bosses." They also put coals of "far" on request that someone "chunk" him the soap. No Improvement Now we arc told that radio, TV, sound movies, and million wandering workman following employment around the country are causing our speech to become more uniform, that is to flatten outand lose some of its interesting characteristics. Some of these changes naturally would be improvements, others not so. It would be no improvement to have a spieler for headache remedies succeed in fixing "it is lige a 'modderin" doctors prescription," and others convince us that these are "athaletes" and "athaletics." To say the least, (Jiey are slovenly . It is not necessary to go very far to find peculiar remnants of a vanishing speech. Southern Illinois has had, and still has, an aniple stock of such. A few words and expressions once heard are TERMITE SPECIAL Any Size Home r .50 $97. — ALSO — $1.00 PER ROOM To Eliminate All Household Pests DEPENDABLE Termite Control Co, Member of Alton Chamber of Commerce, 2615 State St. PHONE 462-9647 "tarpin's" backs and robbed bird "nestes." They caught "crawdads" and "rassled." "no holts" barred. Those running long races were "tough as whang leather." Even so they "mout" get hurt acting "that-a-way." Some were accused of being "as as a string" was "square." a complimentory designation then. 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