Re: Word needed.
- --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Jane Policelli"
> Hi HelenIn Slovak, handra is one of the words used for rag. We were
> My grandmother used to refer to a rag as hadra
discussing modifications of English words to replace Slovak words.
This was usually the result of constant exposure to English by the
emigrants but mostly by their children who were more at home with
English. As a result, instead of handra they corrupted the English
word "rag" to regsa, reksa, or rexa to make it sound like a Slovak
- Where on the SW side did you grow up? I lived on the SE side.
>>> BJLK@... 11/7/2004 2:05:18 PM >>>In a message dated 11/1/2004 8:39:33 PM Central Standard Time,
used to have a man ride down President Street with a horse and buggy
(1950's) and he collected rags and papers
When I was growing up on the southwest side of Chicago (30s and 40s),
scores of men like this cruising up and down our alleys. We even knew
paid the best prices, because our mothers saved newspapers for certain
and had us looking out for their horses. A particular favorite had a
pulled by a sweet piebald that loved children's attention. They were
our neighborhood as the "regsa-lies," which is (I think) a corrupted
of their chant that sounded something like "rags and iron." This
some good memories of other horse-and-buggy vendors of fresh fruit and
produce who would pass out free samples to all the kids.
B. J. Licko-Keel (BJLK@...)
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