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by Old Uncle Crow

IN Her now out-of-print Wasp, Where Is Thy Sting? (Stein & Day 1977, New York) Florence King explains that in American vulgar speech & malediction, the exclamatory balls of (more…)

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 by Old Uncle Crow

[HERE’S What Old Uncle Crow had to say in the blogs over there in God-damn ENGLAND this weekend.  Jesus Christ, even today they’re (more…)

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by Old Uncle Crow

ON walking into the offices of the Eagle Lake and Madison Lake, Minnesota, grain-elevators with my uncle when I was a small boy in the late-1950s, the following address-mode was de rigeuer.

ELEVATOR-Manager Glen Briley or Assistant Manager “Tiny” Sticha, to my uncle:  “Emmett!  God (more…)

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by Old Uncle Crow

IN The following link, earlier in these pages, I introduced readers to the noun cunoden, pl cunodens:

https://oldunclecrow.wordpress.com/2007/04/23/idiolect-an-example/

I Note that nowhere in that text did I give an example of our late mother’s use of mort, an adjective (more…)

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by Old Uncle Crow

Lutheran church-lady, on stopping by Bachelor Farmer Judson Andersen’s farm in rural Squawbunion County to lure & inveigle him to a pie-supper:
     “You NEVER were (more…)

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by Juddy Andersen

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches — that’s a real exceedingly odd God-damn number.

Why was that gauge used?

Too many horses’ asses — and because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates and other Limey sonsofbitches — mostly them God-damn Irish (more…)

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