Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 18:48:30 -0400

From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU

Subject: Re: boro-talk?

On Sat, 26 Jul 1997, Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote:

In a literary document set in the late 1890s, there is a snatch of a

children's "secret language" that a colleague of mine is trying to source.

It is a simplified variant of pig-latin where you add -boro to the end of

every word, apparently so your younger siblings (or whoever else doesn't

know the lingo) can't follow what you're saying:

"Goneboro toboro lookboro atboro aboro houseboro.... Becauseboro theboro

landboro lordboro willboro putboro usboro outboro."

Look at a critical edition of Joyce's Portrait. . . in which a fragment

of this children's lang is used; I remember seeing a note to that effect

in Anderson's edition.



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