Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/17/2016


Photo taken on January  1, 2000


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Where Boontling Was Once Blooched

Where Boontling Was Once Blooched
Cattle country north of the tiny town of Booneville, California, which the locals used to call Boont.

In the decades just before I was born, the isolated country folks here developed a clever, playful jargon with a vocabulary of more than 1000 words, which allowed them to communicate without being understood even by their nearest neighbors.

They called it Boontling.

Eventually some stuffy souls from the University came to live among the country people and study it. They rejected it as a new language. The nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. were different, but the syntax was English. I thought that made boontling even more frustrating and fascinating: the little connecting words were the same but all the important words were not understandable.

Now all the bawl harpers of boontling are dead, although a few people still fake it for the wine tourists.

And I am left wondering: how do new languages start, anyway? They certainly don’t suddenly appear full-blown and dictionary-ready.

LutzP, William Sutherland, Marie-claire Gallet and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


8 comments - The latest ones
Pam J
Pam J
Language constantly changes... as it evolves.. some word stick... some morph.. some die...and some become something totally different. Now add the accents and the synonyms... and you have in the end.. a new language.

It is a human need to express and communicate... thats what drives it.
15 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Excellent capture!
15 months ago.
Neal Hanko
Neal Hanko
wonderful
15 months ago.
Kathleen Thorpe
Kathleen Thorpe
Nice capture and a very interesting explanation!
15 months ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Try some of the stuff that comes out of Jamaica, though basically English it is quiet meaningful once you get your head round it.
15 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
15 months ago. Edited 14 months ago.
LutzP
LutzP
...another great story, thanks.
14 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautifully captured.
Congrats on Explore.
14 months ago.