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The Evening Dally of the University of
Missouri and Columbia published by
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A new field of labor for women
or more exactly girls was opened in
Chicago recently. The first girl "bell
hops" started work at the Hotel La
Three girls, dressed in trim gray
suits and black shoes, are employed
to answer the calls of women guests.
Their duties are the same as those of
the boy bell-hops have been.
As jet, custom has not decided
whether the girls are to be called
"belle hops" or "hoppettes."
0'E LAW FOR ALL.
"Most of our control over corpora
tions is through all kinds ofjocal leg
islation, whose constantly varying
form makes the profitable field of in
vestment of today a desert of deficit
tomorrow," said former Governor Cur
tis Guild of Massachusetts recently in
a speech on "Nationalization of Ameri
Mr. Guild remarks that the United
Staies has nearly fifty laws of incor
poration a fact which not only ham
pers business' for business men but
makes difficult a square deal for the
public. Every other nation in the
world has a single law of incorpora
tion. If a corporation has a scope as wide
even, as two or three states, it can
hardly keep account of its legal obli
gations. Why not one law for all states?
Approaches the time when poor ci
gars sell readily, "loud" neckwear is
no longer a drug on the market, house '
slippers sell themselves, books are in ( not entirely practical through the fact
demand and various other useful but that it reveals an imaginative tenden
common articles no longer grow dusty , cy in its slang. However, all of this
on the store shelves.
Christmas shopping is on in dead
Christmas, which should be one of i
the most sacred days in the year, has I
gradually come to be for many per
sons a time of hasty, irritating and
haphazard shopping for gifts, which,
if they mean anything to the recipi-i
ent are excentional.
Of course it is hard to think of suit
able Christmas gifts, but would it not
be better merely to send an expensive
Christmas card or greeting than to
glve such gifts as the foregoing? This
sort of gift seems to express to the
recipient that the giver did not think
very long, but merely went down
town, bought the first thing handy and
affixed his name to it.
TO REPLACE THE DREAD LINE.
Charles G. Dawes, who has been the
host at the head of the Chicago bread
ling, has taken steps to make his char
ities more permanent. He will open
in Chicago, January 1, a "down-and-outers"
hotel where real beds can be
had for 5 cents a night and where
meals will be furnished at from 1 to
5 cents each.
The new hotel will bear the name
"Rufus Dawes Memorial." It is a
father's memorial to his dead son. In
the lobby of the hotel a big flag bear
ing the words, "Don't give up the
ship," will hang on the walls. Al-
though it is not expected that all the
unfortunates will know that this flag
is similar to the one raised by Com-
mortm-R Pprrv in tl B.itMfi nf Lnkn
., . -
Erie, no doubt all
spirit of the appeal.
will catch the
Mr. Dawes work
strong praise. He has made himself
Pthe daily benefactor of perhaps five
(hundred men, at least that many in
winter, who were verging on starva
Forty Officers GaTO Dance.
The officers and non-commissioned
fficers of the Missouri State Military
chool gave a dance at Columbia Hall
tst night About forty couples- at-2nded.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT SLANG
A Few Professors and Students Abhor It But
Most of Them Acknowledge
Should studes gather around the mahogany or just sit down to dinner?
Should the racehorse man put his kale on a beetle only to have a long shot
stick a whisker or upper lip under the wire? Are "aeroplaoer," "back to
the sticks" and "bonehead" good expressions? If a baseball player does
not use his brains should a fan sing out that a diamond cutter wouldn't
make a mark on his ivory dome?
The man in prison says his partner is going to swing or Is a lifer.
Business man hae hard nuts to crack. Athletes peter out. The man
who bamboozles his friends soon runs his course.
The man in the slums says the sky-pilot passes out his pasteboard. He
calls a bone a wag and when he goes out for a hold-up he mortgages his
The co-ed wants her friend to fess up that she has a new crush.
Is all this wrong?
Here are the opinions of a number of University professors and students:
"Good slang is 'good stuff'." Dr. H. J. Davenport.
"Educated people don't want to talk like a dictionary." Dr. A. H. R.
"I abhor slang." Dr. Max Meyer.
"Continual use of slang shows ignorance." J. A. Gibson.
"In speech, we ought to avoid the bookish." Dr. P. M. Tisdel.
"Slang is a lazy man's dialect." Dr. It. L. Ramsay.
"A short cut to expressiveness." George C. Willson.
"A good thing as long4 as it is not vulgar." Dr. N. M. Trenholme.
" 'I should w orry' is unbearable." Miss Clara Dunn.
"All right as long as it's not 'rough stuff." John C. Stapei.
"Simply popular metaphor." Prof. Jacob Warshaw.
"Too great indulgence in slang cramps the vocabularly." Prof. H.
"Good thing sometimes." Gran A. Goodson. -"The
person who says 'We should worry' really should worry." Miss
Dr. II. J. Davenport, professor of
economics: Slang is used because the
person using it lacks vocabularly and
is unable to find a word in good stand
ing with which to express himself.
Nevertheless, there is much slang
whiph is pat and expressive and which
finally forces its way into literary
speech. Language grows in large
part by the contributions made by
slang. Good slang is "good stuff."
Dr. J. W. Hudson, associate profes
sor of philosophy: The introduction
of slang into a language has great
value in ultimately enriching the vo
cabulary of the language. This does
not mean that all slang words or
phrases are worthy of preservation,
but many of them are and a number of
our most forceful modes of expression,
entirely legitimate now, had their ori
gin in slang. It is not a bad sign at
all when a people adopts slang ex
piessions. Such expressions are us
ually picturesque to a high degree,
partaking of the character of metaphor
and thus expressive of the exercise of
the imagination. I sometimes think
that our age has vindicated itself as
must be modified in terms of what
I sort of slang it is. Again, while the
I introduction of slang into a language
may enrich it, its constant use by any
given indnidual tends to impoverish
and cheapen his vocabulary, since it
is a temptation to revert to current
slang to express all sorts of ideas
instead of creating the subtle differ-
ences of expression which ought to go
with precise thinking. What is the
.moral? Use slang certainly, but do
1 not let it obsess your vocabulary.
1 Dr. A. II. R. l'liircliild, professor of
i English: There are two kinds of
I slang the kind that is a natural ex
pression of a vulgar mind, and the
kind that is used occasionally by per
sons of culture as a form of relief.
Educated people, especially teachers,
do not want to feel that they must
, talk like a dlctlonary all the time. I
do not think a person should ever re-
sort to the use of slang when he can
express the same idea in better lan
guage. Goldwin Smith, a master of
English style, once said while making
an inaugural speech at Cornell at the
opening of a new hall named in honor
of him, "Some day a freshman will
come along and ask as he reads the
name, 'What old guy was that?'
Even men of classical training occa
sionally indulge in slang for sake of
humor or local color. It is true, too,
that many words, such as "cab," now
in good repute, were first introduced
into the language as slang. The word
was originally cabriolet, a French di
minutive of cabriole. On the whole, a
conservative attitude toward the use
of slang seems to me to be best. It is
better to follow than to lead.
J. D. Powell, insructor in advertis
ing: Slang is extremely important in
advertising. The president of the Na-
tional Biscuit Company has said that
much of the success of the company
' was due to the slang expression
In many instances
expressions are used for trademarks.
I Slang is the best indication that a lan
certainly merits j guage is growing. It is the life of a
language. "Kodak" is a word that was
coined by a company to advertise a
particular brand of camera. Now the
word "kodak" is generally used for
camera. "Sunkist" oranges, "hole
proof" hosiery, "nabisco" wafers,
"jelloj' and "rubberset" are words
which certainly are expressive.
Jacob Warshaw, professor of Ro
mance languages: Slang has its
value. It has existed in all epochs.
It seems to me to be an endeavor of
people to try to say in the shortest
UNIVERSITY. MISSOUBIAN, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1913.
possible manner something that will
be striking and effective. There are
two kinds of slang: slang of the up
per classes and slang of the lower
classes. That particular brand that
appeals to me most is the kind you
get from among the working classes.
It is usually a much more direct kind
of speech than the kind of the upper
classes, and is spontaneous. Our lan
guage keeps growing in a very large
measure through the addition of
phrases that were originally slang and
became the best language through
good usage. We go in for slang more
in this country because it makes its
point so quickly and because we usu
ally have a dislike of anything that
sounds academic. Slang is simply
popular and spontaneous metaphor.
Dr. 3Iav 3Teyer, professor of experi
mental psychology: I have always
abhorred slang, abhor it now, and
shall abhor it as long as I live. I do
not like emotions put into language,
and a person who uses slang seems to
show that he has no rational argu
ments, and that he has to substitute
emotion for reason.
Dr. E. R. Hcdrick, professor of
mathematics: Greeley said "language
would have to take care of itself while
he was expressing an idea," and that
is about my opinion. We must distin
guish between written and spoken
slang, howeef. In writing, slang
should be forbidden unless quoted. In
speech it is effective.
J. A. Gibson, associate professor of
analytical chemistry: Slang is all
right in its place. At times it is pe
culiarly fitting and carries a point
which no other way would. Outside
of this it weakens the language. Many
words lose their meaning and slang
words fill their places. Continual use
of slang shows ignorance and lack of
Dr. F. 31. Tisdel, associate professor
of English: Slang that is graphic and
gives a new interest of color to
thought is all right. Its continued
use, however, is mostly the result of
mental poverty. People who do not
have a command of good English re
sort to slang. In speech we ought to
avoid the bookish, and cheap slang.
It is better to seek the idomatic and
colloquial. The English language is
growing and one of the sources from
which it gets its vocabulary is slang.
For the most part slang ought to be
3Iis Eta Johnston, associate pro
fessor of Latin and adviser of women:
Sometimes slang so thoroughly ex
presses the thought that it is used
involuntarily. Such slang probably
will become good language. Slang
should never be affected. It is too
broad a subject to summarize briefly.
Dr. It. L. Itamsey, associate profess
or of English: Slang often rests on
violent metaphors, meaningless words
and disrespectable vocations; but so
do many of our words and phrases
used by our best writers. All slang
is not on the same level. Sometimes
it is more accurate than any substi
tute. College slang is not objection
able among college students. Base
ball and racehorse terms may pass
without criticism in their own circles.
Slang is often picturesque, sometimes
witty. Slang ought to be quoted as a
sort of an apology to the reader for
using it. "Rush the growler," was used
in the Nation recently. Slang is
evanescent. If we were to accept
slang into legitimate speech, the lan
guage of last year would be unintelli
gible. Slang by its very definition is
vulgar and offensive. It always in
volves a sacrifice for gain in pictur
esqueness or humor which is paid
with a loss in dignity and elevation
of tone. If you are willing to pay the
price, all right. Slang is a lazy man's
Dr. W. W. Charters, professor of
theory of teaching, and dean of the
faculty of education: Slang phrases
like "gets me" and "believe me" strike
me as novel and absurd when I first
hear them. After a while, I occasion
ally use them. When a public speaker
drops in a little slang, it takes away
a kind of stiffness from his speech.
Used by a girl or a fellow It makes
a poor impression.
G. C. Hosford, assistant professor of
law: Slang is expressive at times,
but it is often overdone. Good slang
helps the language to grow, for many
slang phrases become good English.
At times the language is inadequate to
express what you wish unless slang
II. Wade Hibbard, professor of me
chanical engineering: Slang has its
place. I feel that too great an in
dulgence in slang is harmful. Often
one slang phrase will express a large
number of words, but the continual
use of such a slang word would soon
cramp the language of the person us
ing it. When a word like "terrible" is
used to cover a large number of mean
ings, the vocabulary of the person
using the word becomes weakened.
Sometimes slang is expressive.
Dr. JT. 31. Trenholme, professor of
history: A certain amount of slang
is a good thing as long as it is not
vulgar. Much slang has worked its
way into the language. Slang is all
right in spoken language, but not in
written. A certain amount of slang
keeps one from being too academic.
G. C. Willson, Jr., president of the
Student Body: Slang Is a short cut to
Gran A. Goodson, president of the
Student Senate: Good thing some
times often very expressive.
Jack 3Iurray ("Canuck"): Slang is
C. B. Rollins: Slang is very express
ive, but it can be overdone.
Miss Ruby Leach: Cheap slang gets
Miss Rowena Campbell, Pi Beta Phi
sorority: A good deal of slang is in
nate and deplorable. Some kinds of
slang are more expressive than ordi
nary language. This is proven by the
fact that much slang is adopted into
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language. The person who says "We
should worry" really has some cause
Miss Clara Dunn,. Pi Beta Phi soror
ity: "I should worry" is unbearable.
"Get me, Steve" and such phrases are
John C. Stapei: Slang is one of the
most forceful means of expression. It
will express our thoughts as no other
language. As long as it is not "rough
stuff" I am for it.
What one of the Kappa Kappa Gam
"Yes, this is the Kappa house."
"Oh, yes, we find it very effective;
don't we, girls?"
"But don't quote me. You should
not manifest concern."
"Oh, that's all right. Good-by."
.MILKERS IIAYIXq A pTBr-OUT
Aioid Sore Hands by Beginning Work
EarUer Than Before.
This is "try-out" week at the Uni
versity dairy barn. The students who
do the milking and feeding there are
required to provide suitable substi
tutes before they go home for the hol
idays. The new milkers usually have
trouble with sore hands, as each has
ten cows to milk. To avoid this trouble
this year, the regular men were asked
to bring their substitutes a few days
before vacation, to try them out. This
will enable them to get used to the
work by the time the students leave.
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