LINGUIST List 7.75

Thu Jan 18 1996

Qs: British Theatrical Language, Yiddish/English

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  1. "Michael B. Quinion", British Theatrical Language
  2. Douglas J. Glick, Yiddish/English

Message 1: British Theatrical Language

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 10:47:10 GMT
From: "Michael B. Quinion" <>
Subject: British Theatrical Language

There is a British theatrical and showman's language, which I have
heard called 'palare', about which I am seeking more information. To
identify it unambiguously, it is the language which older British
listeners will remember being guyed in the radio comedy show "Beyond
Our Ken" in which two camp theatrical types say things like "how dolly
to vada your eek" and which includes words such as 'palone' for woman,
'lally' for leg and 'riah' for hair. If anyone can send me references
by e-mail to for books or articles about
it, I shall be most grateful. If appropriate, I can then re-post a
short bibliography.

 Michael B. Quinion Thornbury, Bristol, UK
 Michael Quinion Associates home page : <>;
 See 'World Wide Words' at : <>;
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Message 2: Yiddish/English

Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 14:55:55 EST
From: Douglas J. Glick <>
Subject: Yiddish/English

I am writing on behalf of a student of mine who is interested in
documenting the various ways in which Yiddish is present in
contemporary English. In particular, he seems to be interested in the
ways particular Yiddish expressions are used in the mass media (though
I think he'd be happy to discover any related sources). Does anyone
know of work done that in any way relates to this topic? Responses can
come to me (and, on the assumption that such work exists, I will post
a general summary).


Douglas J. Glick
Department of Anthropology (914) 437-5504 - Office
Maildrop 242 (914) 437-7187 - FAX
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-6198
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