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walnut, 124

Walter, 507, 510, 511, 515

waltz, 155

waltz, to, 194

wam, 184

wampum, 100, 106

wampum-keeper, 106

wan, 436, 440

wander, 343

wanderlust, 219; -club, 219; -er, 219; -ing, 219 wangle, to, 265

want, 343

wan’t, 446

want-ad, 170

war, 344

warant, 406

warden, 242, 243

warder, 243

War Eagle, 537

Warfield, 498

warm, 252

warm(p)th, 439

warm-slaw, 108

Warner, 482

Wärner, 482

war-paint, 106

war-path, 106

Warrah, 524

warrant, 406

Warren, 516, 537

Warsaw, 530

was, 427

Wascott, 538

Wash, 519

wash, 343, 344

wash-basin, 231, 236

wash-bowl, 236

wash-hand-basin, 231

wash-hand-stand, 231, 236

Washington, 515, 517, 519, 529, 537

Washingtonian, 552

washing-up bowl, 234

wash-rag, 236

wash-room, 304

wash-stand, 85, 231, 236

Wasil, 511

wassermann, to, 192, 197

waste-basket, to, 195, 236

waste-paper basket, 236

watch, 343, 344

watch-crystal, 239

watch-glass, 239

water, 343, 344, 349;

-closet, 304, 310; -gap, 115; -heater, 236;

-pitcher, 85; -shed, 115; wagon, 92

water, to, 228

Watkins Gully, 535

Watt, 553

Wauskakamick, 514

Wave, 522

way, 256, 547

way-bill, 146

way-car, 583

Wayman, 483

Wayne, 510, 512

Wayne Junction, 529

way-station, 238

W.C., 210, 304

we, 447, 455

weakly, 467

we-two, 449

we-uns, 450

Weymann, 483

wh, 351

Wham, 504, 536

whang-doodle, 176

whap, 98, 184

whar, 339

what, 335, 343, 452, 454

what-all, 450

whatdyecallem, 564

what’ell, 316

what price, 265

what the hell, 316

wheatena, 173

wheatlet, 173

wheat-pit, 144

wheel, 351

Wheeler, 496

wheel-horse, 148

Wheelingite, 549

Whelp, 552

when, 351

whence, 468

where, 24, 351, 467

Where am I at?, 258

where’bouts, 468

Where did you get that hat?, 566

Where do you get that stuff?, 566

whether, 351

Whetstone, 523

which, 452, 454

whichn, 454

which one, 454

while, 119, 351

While-U-Wait, 209

whiskers, 579

whiskey, 393, 394; -and-

soda, 149, 236; -daisy, 149; -sour, 85

White, 485, 489, 493, 495, 499

white-collar, 239

white-face, 584

Whitehand, 493

Whitehill, 502

white-lion, 85

White Mountains, 532

Whiteneck, 479

white-plush, 149

White Sox, 407

White Thunder, 514

Whitetree, 514

white wagon, 556

weal, 351

weald, 115

wear, to, 436

Weasel, 552

weasle-word, 174

weather, 351, 603; -bureau, 239

Weaver, 485

Weber, 485

Web-feet, 552

wedding-engineer, 289

Weeda, 521

week-end, to, 195

Weems, 503

weep, to, 436, 437

Weigand(t), 499

weight, 237

Weil, 499

Weinberg, 499

weinstube, 219

weir, 248

Weisberg, 502

Weiss, 479, 485

wel, 383, 403

welded, 561

well, 103, 383

wellest, 463

well-heeled, 143

Wellington, 233, 513

well-posted, 143

Wemyss, 503

wen, 351

wench, 305

went, 424, 432, 442

weop, 437

wep, 436, 437

wepte, 437

wer, 401

were, 401, 428

Werkman, 485

Werner, 484

Wes, 511

Weshinawatok, 514

Wesley, 511, 513, 516, 51, 535

Wesley chapel, 210

Wesleyville, 535

West, 529

west, 377

westbound, 247

West End, 247

Westphal, 483

Westphal, 483

wet, 86, 191, 565

wet, to, 436

wether, 403

whitewash, 101

whitewash, to, 118

white-wings, 186

whither, 351, 468

whittle, to, 128

whizz-bang, 573, 579

who, 201, 422, 452, 453, 454, 461, 600

who-all, 450

whole, 600

whole kit and boodle, 109

whole note, 250

whole-souled, 143, 231

whom, 201, 202, 453, 454, 459

whoopee, 560

whooptician, 179

whore, 303, 305, 309, 310, 349

whoredom, 303

whortleberry, 114

whose, 452, 453

whosen, 452, 453

Wichita, 541

wick, 532

wid, 465

wide, 465

Wide Mouth, 537

wie geht’s, 157

wiener, 155

wienerwurst, 112, 155

wienie, 155, 186

wierd, 402

wife, 302, 578

wig, 169

wigwam, 100, 105

wijk, 532

wikiwiki, 373

wil, 401, 403

Wilbur, 524

Wilburn, 516

wilcut, 407

Wild, 523

Wildeman, 561

wile, 351

Wilfred, 518

Wilhelm, 505

Wilkes-Barré, 537

will, 25, 199, 200, 201, 420, 445 519

Will-A., 517

William, 505, 507, 509, 511, 513, 515, 5l6, 519, 520

Williams, 477

Williamsburg, 529

Willis, 507

Wilson, 477, 498, 520

wilt, to, 98, 128

wimmen, 383, 384

win, 248, 416, 436, 447

win, to, 436, 440

Winar, 488

wind, to, 198

windfall, 101

window-cleaning-engineer, 290

window-shade, 236

windscreen, 237

windshield, 237

wind up, to, 198

Windy City, 553

wing, 236

wing-ding, 579

wing her, to, 583

Winiarecki, 488

winned, 440

Winnipegger, 549

Winnipiseogee, 540

win out, to, 227

Winston-Salem, 537

Winter, 492

winterize, to, 193

wipe out, to, 578

wireless, 226, 559

wire-puller, 30, 167, 228

Wirt, 480

Wise, 479, 499

wise-crack, 263

wise-cracker, 585

wise-guy, 576

wiseheimer, 219

wisenheimer, 263

wise up, to, 263

wish, 352

wish, to, 436

wished, 436

wisht, 399, 403, 436

wisit, 377

Wistaria, 522

wit, 367

with, 367

wither, 351

without hardly, 470

witness-box, 246

witness-stand, 229, 246

Witt, 502

Wittenacht, 479

Wittkofsky, 502

wize, 402

W J, 517

w.k., 209

wo, 383, 401

wobble, to, 126

wobbly, 188, 190, 191, 581

woe, 383

woik, 367

woke, 435, 442

woken, 435

wold, 115

Wolf, 486, 490

wolf, 582

Wolfgang, 505

Wolfsohn, 498

woman, 303

womanishest, 463

woman of a certain class, 311

womb, 303

women, 383, 384

women’s ice hockey, 293

women’s singles, 293

women’s wear, 293

won, 436, 437, 440

wonderful, 464, 465

won’t, 377

woodchuck, 105

wooden-house, 234

Woodhouse, 493

Woodrow, 512

Woods, 495

woods, 462

woodscolt, 308

woof, 344

woop-woop, 378

woozy, 568

wop, 45, 295

Worcester, 540

wore, 436

work, 367

workhouse, 243

Workman, 485

World War, 248

worm-fence, 145, 166

Worm moon, 106

worse, 463

worser, 420, 463

worshiper, 388

Wörth, 480

worth-while, 229

woud, 404

would, 25

woulda, 443, 471

would not, 469

wouldn’t, 425, 471

would of, 471

would’ve, 471

Would you for fifty cents?, 566

wow, 184, 185, 564, 586

Wowk, 490

wowser, 265, 378

wrang, 436

wrangler, 221, 243

wrapping-engineer, 290

wrassle, 346

wrecketeria, 177

wrecking-crew, 146

wren, 209

wrestle, 346

wring, to, 436

write, to, 436, 613

writing-table, 254

written, 436, 442, 613

wrongd, 402

wrote, 424, 436, 442, 613

wroten, 442

wrung, 436

wust, 109

Wyoming, 526, 532

wytopitlock, 531

x, 404

XLent, 209

x-ray, to, 197, 559

Y, 170

y, 341, 345, 360, 364, 389, 394, 401, 402, 404, 446, 469; -y, 467, 548

yabo, 373

yacht, 397

yah, 353

y’all, 363, 449, 450

yam, 113, 246

Yank, 111

yank, to, 99, 111

Yankee, 110, 295

Yankel, 506

Yankelevitch, 498

yarb, 129, 351

yard,547, 585

yawp, 75

ye, 454

yeah, 353

year, 379

yeare, 379

yearn, 406

yeggman, 263

yellow, 247

yellow-belly, 295, 562

Yellow Dog, 536

Yellow Robe, 514

yen, to, 162, 263

Yengees, 110

yentzer, 578

yep, 229, 353

yerba, 152

Yerma, 516

yern, 406

yes, 353

yes, to, 195

yes-indeedy, 161

yes-man, 563

Yes, we have no bananas, 561

yet, 340

Yetive, 522

yhar, 360

yid, 295, 305

yip, 577

yo, 360

yodel, 157

yok-a-mi, 162

yom kippur, 216

Yonaha, 524

Yonkers, 533; -ite, 549

York, 527; -er, 549

Yorktown, 529

Yosel, 506

yot, 397

you, 447, 450, 451, 454

you-all, 363,449

you betcha, 258

y’ought, 450

you is, 363, 427

Young, 483, 491

Youngdahl, 491

young-horse, 580

young person, 184

Youngreen, 491

young-un, 309

your, 447, 449

youre, 449

youren, 449

youres, 449

you’re telling me, 572

Your Honor, 279

yourn, 447

yours, 449

yous, 447, 451

You said a mouthful, 566

you said it, 561

you-three, 449

you-two, 449

you-uns, 450

you was, 428

you were, 428

Yrgö, 510

Ysobel, 520

yu, 403

Yuhudi, 298

Yukkanatche, 514

yurp, 184

z, 375, 389, 394, 401, 510

Zaba, 488

Zach, 519

Zachariah, 519

Záchod, 487

Zajíc, 487

Zampariello, 493

Zannis, 521

zarape, 152, 153

Zděný, 486

zeal, 384

Z
Barney, 518

zeber, 385

zebra, 385

Zebulon, 515

Zechariah, 515

zed,352

zee, 352

zeel, 381, 384

Zelény, 486

Zhinchak, 489

zig-zag, 375

Zilpah, 522

Zilvernagel, 485

Zimmermann, 485

Zion, 524

Zirst, 503

zombie, 587

zone, 239

Zooa, 524

zook, 577

Zotas, 522

zounds, 312, 317

zowie, 184, 564

Zulu, 296

Zurhorst, 503

Zwartefoote, 485

zwei, 157

zwei bier, 157

zwieback, 112, 155

zwok, 109

Zymole, 512

H. L. MENCKEN

was born in Baltimore in 1880 and died there in 1956. Educated privately and at Baltimore Polytechnic, he began his long career as journalist, critic, and philologist on the Baltimore
Morning Herald
in 1899. In 1906 he joined the staff of the Baltimore
Sun,
thus initiating an association with the
Sun
papers which lasted until a few years before his death. He was co-editor of the
Smart Set
with George jean Nathan from 1908 to 1923, and with Nathan he founded in 1924 the
American Mercury,
of which he was editor until 1933. His numerous books include
A Book of Burlesques (
1916
); A Book of Prefaces (
1917
); In Defense of Women (
1917
); The American Language (
1918 — 4th revision, 1936
); Supplement One (
1945
); Supplement Two (
1948); six volumes of
Prejudices (
1919, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1926,1927
); Noteson Democracy (1926); Treatise on the Gods (
1930
); Treatise on Right and Wrong (
1934
); Happy Days (
1940
); Newspaper Days (
1941
); Heathen Days (
1943
); A Mencken Chrestomathy (
1949); and
Minority Report (
1956). Mencken also edited several books; he selected and edited
A New Dictionary of Quotations (
1942). He was co-author of a number of books, including
Europe after 8:15(
1914
); The AmericanCredo (1920); Heliogabalus (
a play, 1920); and
The Sun-papers of Baltimore (
1937
).

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