50 Claps

Dizzy Dean was an Arkansas farmboy who made headlines during the Depression, as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Retired after he threw out his arm, Dean became a radio announcer. While his language was colorful, his use of idiomatic expressions (e. g. ain’t “…there’s people who ain’t sayin’ ain’t, and they ain’t eatin’.”) offended the sensibilities of English teachers, prompting this exchange:

“Mr. Dean, have you ever heard of syntax?” “No, ma’am, but as popular as it is, I reckon there oughta be a tax on it.”

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michael langford

michael langford

Carpenter: woodcarver with a bent for typography, music, poetry, good design & living well in peace and harmony. Un-apologetically Southern; literate…