Date: Fri, 5 Mar 93 15:40:36 PST
Subject: Hillbilly Speak
[This is from a Bluegrass list discussion of the song "Bile 'Em Cabbage Down"
and whether "Bile" is "Gaelic brogue" or "plain old Hillbilly"... -psl]
From: "Brad Leftwich" <email@example.com>
... the Washington Biological Survey was studying the migratory patterns of
waterfowl. They attached to the birds' ankles a tag with the abbrieviation
Wash. Biol. Surv. and their address, so when hunters bagged them they could
report where the birds had ended up.
They got a letter from an irate Arkansas hillbilly, who fumed, "I shot one
of them birds yesterday, and did what the tag said. I washed it, biled it,
and surved it. It was turrible. I think the government should mind its own
business and not go tellin' folks how to cook."
© 1993 Peter Langston