Cover for calt: Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary. Click for larger imagebreak one’s neck
Way down South you oughta see the women Shimmy and shake
Got a new way a-wiggle, make a weak man break his neck.
—Blind Lemon Jefferson, “Southern Woman Blues,” 1928

To marry, in Southern slang (Hendrickson, Whistlin’ Dixie)

On November 2, 2009, we will publish Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary by Stephen Calt. Periodically, between now and the book’s official release, I’ll post an entry from Barrelhouse Words.

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