[Dixielandjazz] T'ain't or Tain't or Taint. Definitely notOKOM

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Jan 13 09:20:53 PST 2005

PATRICK LADD at pj.ladd at btinternet.com wrote:

> What dialect of English is "yur, thees aint never bin no wur, ast?">>
> Hi Steve,
> There seems to be an inordinate amount of interest in this. Is it quiet out
> there at the moment?
> So I reply,
> Why zur, `tis Witshire. Like what proper Englishmen do speek" Acker Bilk
> talks like that. He is from  Somerset actually but only just across the
> border. I also add these other gems.
> `Ox un over yer then, ut?"
> This is a call made by a football (soccer) player who wishes a team member
> to pass the ball to him.
> Literally. `Kick the ball to me then, if you please`
> Or..Thee castn`t see as good thee cust, cast?`
> Translation. `You cannot see as well as you once could, can you?`
> Unfortunately there are few left now who understand the old dialect `Cus
> they all bin and got posh see, enum?

To which I add musical content. Soon the language of "Dixieland" will be
about as well understood, if not already there. :-) VBG

Steve Barbone

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