September 18, 2008

"Hey, hey, hey! I was watching a ballgame here!"

A short, maybe meaningless observation:

The beginning of this article somehow reminded me of some of our best ballgame impressions:

"HOT chicken!"

"Panchos! Panchos! Git yer panchos HEAH!"

"HE'S rattled!"

It reminds me that ballpark chatter might be my favorite form of nostalgic jargon (can we call it jargon? Or is it something else entirely?), juuust beating out another perennial favorite, "1930s newspaperman-speak."

I also realize that one can very easily replicate the sound of ballpark chatter simply by writing it down - if you've been to a ballgame, you know exactly how it's supposed to sound.

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Blogger Chase said...

...ballpark chatter might be my favorite form of nostalgic jargon...


September 18, 2008 at 10:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when you, Nick, and I were at the Fleetwood Diner in Ann Arbor, and as we were leaving, we overheard two bearded black guys talking outside. One of them was saying, "And she told me Jesus Christ died for our sins..." but I don't remember the rest. Do you? He said something vaguely irreverent and cackled loudly.

That's one of the better nostalgic soundbites I've got.

September 19, 2008 at 10:48 AM 
Blogger Tony said...

lotta green out their kid, lotta green.

September 19, 2008 at 10:33 PM 
Blogger K. Janke said...

Just to contribute in the nostalgic soundbite vein:

Vanessa and I recall speaking with Ethan Lewis about the imposing size and behavior of swans. After a short pause in the conversation, Ethan looked up from the table and said simply: "Swans don't fuck around."

September 23, 2008 at 4:36 PM 

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