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Boonville in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Boontling: The Lingo of Boonville

 
 
Boontling: The Lingo of Boonville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sheri Hansen, circa April 7, 2013
1. Boontling: The Lingo of Boonville Marker
Inscription. Storekeeper, W.W. Boone settled in Southern Anderson Valley among families that brought the Scottish and Midwestern patterns of speech in the mid 1890ís. Young men picked hops, sheared sheep, and displayed marvelous whit, cleverness, and intelligence to create a forceful descriptive 1,500 – word language harped by 500 residents.

The versatility of Boontling is apparent; “Bucky Waltered my abeqled to a tidricks for bake chiggle and zeese.”

Derivations : A pay phone cost an Indian “Bucky” nickel and Walter Levi owned the first (telephone), “Applehead” by unusual circumlocation (sic) is “girlfriend” and shortened “Tea-Drinkers” is a party. The next two words are from Scottish while that for “coffee” commemorates camp cook C.Z. “Zeese” Blivens renown strong brew.

Translation: I telephoned my girlfriend to go to a party for good food and coffee.

Use declined after 1917, when boonters marched into the Great War but boontling continues to amaze listeners and baffle outsiders.

Keemwun keemle to raise a seephorn to bahlness and boontling with higgy huger highpucket and kinnie of E Clampsus Vitus

. Dedicated September 30, 6011 (2006) Capitulus Redivius Yerba Buena: The Mother Lodge #1 Ancient and Honorable
Boontling: The Lingo of Boonville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 28, 2013
2. Boontling: The Lingo of Boonville Marker
The marker is located on the building just below the tree branch on the left.
Order of E Clampsus Vitus
 
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter #1.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 1.751′ N, 123° 23.129′ W. Marker is in Boonville, California, in Mendocino County. Marker is at the intersection of California Route 128 and Anderson Valley Road, on the left when traveling west on State Route 128. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12340 Calfornia Highway 128, Boonville CA 95415, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ukiah Telephone Exchange (approx. 12.6 miles away); Masonic Temple History (approx. 12.6 miles away); Ladies of the Night (approx. 12.6 miles away); Sun House (approx. 12.7 miles away); 116 & 118 South State Street (approx. 12.7 miles away); Gambrel-Hawn Building (approx. 12.7 miles away); IOOF Lodge #174 (approx. 12.7 miles away); Eversole Building (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the grounds of Anderson Valley Historical Museum. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4p.m.
Thanks to Sheri Hanson for sending me the photograph of the Boontling marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Kimmies Harpiní Boontling: A Dying American Dialect? - Time News Feed. Reporters and language geeks have long made pilgrimages to a hamlet in Northern California where rustics refer to men as “kimmies” and talking as “harpiní.” In Anderson Valley, an isolated corner of Mendocino County about two hours north of San Francisco, people speak in a hinterland dialect called Boontling. (Submitted on April 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Boontling Video. Boontling is a fun folk language native to Anderson Valley. Hear our brewmaster, Fal Allen, interview fluent Boontling speaker Rod Dewitt about where Boontling came from, and how it impacts the brewery. (Submitted on April 8, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 328 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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