Verbal and partially verbal lore

 

Two Alaskan folktales collected in the field by John Smelcer, one of the last living speakers of Ahtna

A truly comprehensive, and well-informed, page on carny lingo

Folklore and Mythology: Electronic Texts (a valuable classroom resource provided by D.L. Ashliman)

"Slicker'n'deerguts on a doorknob" -- a scholarly and theoretical study of the kinds of colorful phrases that we collected more informally here.
 

There’s considerable dispute as to what the “rebel yell” actually sounded like. Here’s a .wav file from a reunion of Gettysburg veterans:

http://www.stonewallbrigade.com/articles_rebelyell.html

A rare recording of the “rebel yell” performed by a 90-year old Tar Heel veteran in 1935

And while we're on the subject of what things sounded like...the possibility of sound recording existed (barely) during Lincoln's lifetime, though claims that his voice was recorded seem to be mere rumors. Similarly, Mark Twain made extensive use of dictation technology, but claims that some of the recordings survive have not been confirmed. But a vaudeville impressionist who knew him well gave a performance in-character which has been affirmed by other friends of the writer as a very close rendering of what Mark Twain sounded like.

Some Ozarks Folktales an essay with commentary by MFS' Don Holliday, from Ozarkswatch

OK, this is history rather than folklore, but have you ever wondered what the voice of Teddy Roosevelt sounded like? Or William McKinley? Or even Benjamin Harrison? Find out at Michigan State’s Vincent Voice Library: http://archive.lib.msu.edu/VVL/vincent/presidents/index.htm

Colorful language from Missouri and Missourians  (warning: offensive content)

Archives of Appalachia
Southern Appalachian culture, history, and literature (closely cognate with Ozarks culture) 

African Missouri : an online resource for lore and history of African Americans in Missouri--
including PRESERVATION ISSUES -- a rich source on vernacular architecture, including shotgun houses and slave dwellings

Proverbs of Missouri and the rural midwest: a collection to which you can contribute

Russian Proverbs and Sayings
-- a small, thought provoking collection

MO-TELL: Missouri storytelling

MOST: Mid-Missouri Organization of Storytelling

Urban Legends from Snopes.com -- the leader in the field! Recommended by MFS' Jan Harold Brunvand

Superstitions (a casual collection; we could use a pointer to a gathering that's better-sourced

Click here to examine a series of books containing stories by Ozark folk historian, Silas Claborn Turnbo, edited by Desmond Walls Allen.

A lexicon of carny lingo

Here's a link to some stories from Pissing in the Snow, Vance Randolph's classic collection of salty folktales he collected in the Ozarks.

 


 

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