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September 15, 2007 7:05 PM Subscribe
Excerpts from Pissing in the Snow, a collection
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of ribald folk tales collected in the first half of the twentieth century around the Ozarks by Vance Randolph
. (NSFW language)
From the introduction about the wonderfully dirty language within (note his count of dirty words is very, very low to the modern mind
"There are, in modern American English, some twenty-five words which refer to the excretory and sexual functions. Tolerated in common speech, these terms are considered offensive in print. About twenty of them are taboo to the extent that they do not appear in ordinary dictionaries.... Many folktales ... depend [on these words] for effect. Translate a vernacular legend into the language of the schools, and it is no longer a folktale. An honest folklorist cannot substitute feces for shit, or write copulate when his informant says fuck, diddle, roger, or tread. Why should one employ such a noun as penis, if the narrator prefers pecker, horn, jemson or tallywhacker. Many of these stories are innocent, even childish, but they do contain vulgar terms like cunt and twitchet . . . it is impossible to present a well-rounded picture of Ozark folklore without some obscene items."