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"boontling" - unique language to Boonville

Posted by francesca 
"boontling" - unique language to Boonville
February 07, 2006 11:26PM

Boontling is a folk language spoken only in Boonville, California. Although based on English, Boontling's unusual words are completely unique to Boonville. It was invented in the late 1800s and had quite a following at the turn of the century. Now it is only spoken by aging counter-culturists and original residents. Because the town of Boonville only has a little over 700 residents, Boontling is an extremely esoteric, and quickly becoming archaic language that has over a thousand unique words and phrases.

Boontling primer
ab chaser - Someone who lives on the coast, an "abalone chaser." Not to be outdone, ab chasers call Boonters squirrel bacon.
bahl - good
belhoon - Dollar
blooch - To chatter aimlessly. (also means to masturbate)
Boont Dusties - The Boonville Cemetery
bright lighter - a person from a big city
burlap - making whoopee
cogy - old / slow
deek - to look at
buckey walter - pay telephone
Deep Ender - a person from Navarro
dinklehonk - cow
fogeater - See "ab chaser"
gorm - to eat
greymattering moshe - computer
hyoottle - hotel
kilockety - to travel by train
kiloppety -to travel by horse
kimmie - man
moshe - machine (car when used solo)
pike - to travel to
teleef' - telephone
trashmover - heavy winter storm
weech - a small child
zeese - coffee. Named after a man named Z. C. whose coffee, it is said, "would float an egg."

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Re: "boontling" - unique language to Boonville
February 08, 2006 12:05AM
Don't you just hate when people don't search and repeat posts?

Re: "boontling" - unique language to Boonville
February 08, 2006 12:16AM

Author: Daniel (---.dsl.mindspring.com)
Date: 02-02-06 09:37

A Little Boont

Boontling has received world wide interest as a linguistic phenomenon. A few of the words you might see or hear while in Anderson Valley include: bahl gorms (good food), buckey walter (pay phone), pike (to walk or travel), rookie-to (quail), harp (to talk or speak), horn of zeese (cup of coffee) and Boont (Boonville).

Around the turn of the century, Anderson Valley was a very isolated farming and logging community. To pass the time (and have a little fun at it), the locals began to use self-developed terms. The language originated with the women and children workers in the hop fields and eventually spread to become the spoken word for most valley residents. Today, with most fluent “boonters” in their elder years, the Boonting Club, Historical Society and many local businesses work to keep the language alive. Listed below are some common Boontling Terms:

• Aplenty Bahl Steinber Horn - Really great beer.
• Apple Head - A girl friend.
• Bahlest - excellent or great
• Bahl Hornin’ - good drinking
• Barney Flats - Hendy Woods National Forest. A spectacular forest of virgin redwoods, located in Anderson Valley.
• Belk Region - Bell Valley. A scenic valley located just beyond the baldies, northeast of Boonville. It was here in the hop fields, during the turn of the century, that the language of boontling originated.
• Boont - Boonville. The largest community and focal center of Anderson Valley. The town where the language of boontling originated. Now famous for its local brewery.
• Bucky - A nickel (A politically incorrect reference to the Indian head).
• Bucky Walter - A telephone
• Charlie Ball - To embarrass (A local indian of this name was easily embarrassed).
• Deep Enders - Residents of the town of Navarro, located due west of Anderson Valley and bordering the Pacific Coast.
• Heelch - A large quantity.
• High Rollers - Residents of the town of Yorkville, the smallest town in Anderson Valley. Located 10 miles east of Boonville.
• Horn - A drink; to drink. (Dialectal.)
• Jeffer - A large fire. (A Boonter named Jeff built large fires in his fireplace.)
• Shoveltooth - A doctor; an M.D. (A local doctor was so nicknamed because he had protruding teeth.)
• It's not just shy sluggin’ gorms neemer - It’s not just for breakfast anymore.
• It's a slow lope'n a beeson tree - Literally a comfortable pace on a horse, while sitting on a very comfortable saddle. Commonly referred to mean “a mellow ride.”
• Pike - A hike or stroll
• Poleeko - Philo. The second largest town in Anderson Valley, located 6 miles west of Boonville beers originated.
• Rudy nebs - pristine, mineral rich, well water.
• Tidrik - A party; a social gathering. (Probably from “tea drink,” a dialectal expression meaning the same thing.)
• Zeese - Coffee. (A local hunter-camp cook nicknamed Zeese, from his initials Z.C., made bitterly strong coffee.)
Re: "boontling" - unique language to Boonville
February 08, 2006 01:48AM
Gwan burlap yer cogy dinklehonk.
Hey, this is fun!
Re: "boontling" - unique language to Boonville
February 08, 2006 02:20AM
Bahl Rootstock

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