Re: RARA-AVIS: Slang

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 19 Jun 2003

<<Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN, and thinking surely the whole narrative isn't slang, so I checked it out. It is.>>

That's not slang, son. It's Southern. None of the characters is trying to cut clever, either. They speak authentically. Twain knew how bad the phonetic humorists sounded (they were his competitors, after all), so he was very careful about using folksy renderings of speech. I think Huck works much better in Southern, but it would remain a great book in Yank.



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