Slang Phrases Topic of Honors Talk in 1937

"Hooey" is more high-brow than "baloney" when expressing worthlessness...

"Laramie, Wyoming, March 11, 1937. «@9 University of Wyoming Slang Phrases» f; Topic of Honors Talk Dr. Louise Pound Speaks at Annual Honors Dinner Here Tuesday “Hooey” is more high-brow than “baloney” when express- ingworthlessness, according to Dr. Louise Pound, guest speak- er Tuesday evening at the an- nual Honors dinner. Her topic was ‘fSlang. Yesterday and To- day.”.. sponsored by Phi Kappa Phi and sigma'Xi, with the coopefa'tion of the Laramie association of Phi Beta Kap- pa, the dinner is designed to pay tri- bute to the students having made the best. scholastic record in their various classes. Names of those who were selected in each of the groups were read and tribute was paid to the twelve lower-classmen who were glleStS of the associations. ' As senior editor of the American speech magazine, and professor of cngiish at the, University of Nebras- ka. Dr. Pound was a well qualified and interesting speaker on the subject 5110 choose. Her subtle humor and sly wit brought eager response from the group of faculty members and students. “The British frequently borrow _our slang to freshen their language,” she said, and observed, “I personally pre- t‘cr our “shock-absorber" to the Eng- lish “anti-b6uuce clip." 35 WAYS TO SAY “YES? Americans have the largest assort- ment of string words and colloquial ex- pressions of any nation, she admitted, and gave a few of the 35 different ways in which we say “yes." Stunt. usage of slang in America has tontrived to give it a standing of semi- rospectability, whereas it used to be soathingly referred to as “below the lwel of common speech.” Dr. RDthtle-gfipme. {insistent «of, Phi Beta Kim wanted as toastmaster, ititroducing,first-,,:Pres. A. G. Crane, and then Ralph E. McWhinnie, presi- dent of Phi mpa Hhi. McWhinnie discussed briefly the‘ origin of the honorary fraternity in 1897 and its establishment on the campus here in. 1922. It is composed of alumni and students chosen solely on a scholar- ship basis. Ten, members were chos- on from the upper ten per gent of the senior class this'year. They were: J. Roscoe Beckstead, Robert Brummage, liloine Cook. Thomas A. Ford, Mar- rucrite Foley, ’ H. Darby Hand, Franklin R. Hepuer, Albert B. Martin, Mignon States and Dorothy Tull. Beath. Tells of Sigma XI ‘ Prof. Orville A. Death, spoke in bchalf of Sigma Xi. which will soon tr-lcbrate its seventh anniversary on the campus. 'This national society \l'LiS established for the purpose of en- coul'aging and promoting zealous re Search in fields of pure and applied science. Membership in this group is open to graduates and graduating stu- (lcnts who have completed noteworthy research work. At present there are‘ 47 members in the society and 11‘ as- sociates including those elected this .Vear. Ralph Honess, assistant re- search zoologlst, and Robert S. Jus- tice, assistant pharmacologist, were the two graduate members elected. Associates named were :, Robert Brum- mags. IIhomasA. Ford, Albert Martin, and Franklin. R. He’pner. ' Four” members from each of the lower classes were guests at the ban- tluet and were introduced by Ralph E. Conwell, associate professor of poli7 tical economy. ,Fron’i the freshman class were Imogene Clapp, Murray MCLaughlin, Eugene U. Kronmiller and Lester Gliedmau. Sophomores were: Roicg Anderson, Earl Hilton, Dale Scholtz and Theodore J. Sarget- akis. The' four juniors were Earl Bauman, Robert C. DeHart, Edward C. Bryant, and Jeanne Diver. These Students represent those having made the highest grade averages in their I“3Sliective classes. Cautions About Slang Miss Pound, addressing the group after the awards were made, stressed the fact that modern ~slang should not necessarily be avoided, but should be used carefully and sparingly. “Careless and too frequent use of Slang will impoverish the vocubulary. “heapen one’s speech, and make the deaker very tiresome," she caution- YOung people use slang more than adults for various reasons. Apparent- ly tmay derive enjoyment from simp- ly "dOing things to words." Slang Fen,“ to establish an atmosphere of lft‘macy and non-formality which is ‘efy attractive to youth, the speaker I"mum! out. but some use slang either to talk down td-‘a lower level or in an attempt to amuse a higher type of person. Otherséflihtto be picturesnue Con- , (Cuntinued on Page 4.

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