Monday, March 29, 2004

Sal's Corner
"Names Vol. 3"



As some of our longtime readers know, I wrote 2 articles on Rome's site about Names. One being for male names and the other for female names. Now I am taking it deeper. Let's talk about Last Names! Not just any last names but last names that can be used to call someone. Last names that make you call that person by there last name.

* Fletcher- Oh yes, Fletcher's NO MATTER WHAT CITY, live in the hood. They could very well be well off financially but aint nothing like being hood rich in the inner city of Detroit! Ole Fletcher has a regular job. He probably shakes off his co-workers and makes them mad cause he does his work on HIS time and pace

* Robinson- Robinson stands out at his job. He either does a great job or a very BAD job. People only call him at loud tones. You always use your "Outside Voice" when dealing with Robinson (Check for Reggie real soon with an article on the "Outside Voice")

* Briscoe - I know or know of about 3 or 4 Briscoe's. Most Briscoe's are called by FIRST AND LAST NAME. You have to. It just sounds good.

* Cunningham- This may be one of the strongest last names to have. Especially as a black person. Even a lady will be called by her last name if it is Cunningham. Thats why you cant have too many Cunningham's in one setting. It leads to alot of confusion.

* Porter - Porter does work for you. Whether it is mechanical, plumbing or some sort of handy work. Most men who work in uniforms dont ever have the correct name on their badge. Porters ALWAYS do.

* Patterson - Patterson might be a deacon at your church. If it's a woman, she probably is a nice looking older woman. The Patterson's only drive Cadillacs

* Wiggins - Wiggins may be a "Coon". Wiggins sometimes is the kinda guy that kisses up to any and everybody. Women who are born in the Wiggins' family hope to marry as soon as possible.

* Taylor - Taylor works in a uniform type of job like "Porter" but he keeps himself clean. Taylor is that busdriver or police officer that does no work. He might just rap to the ladies all day.

* McDaniel - Most people call this person "McDaniels". I still havent figured out why the "S" is added on??????

* Carter- Carter is full of it. Most people see Carter coming and say "That OLE Carter". Carter makes you mad! He really does. He always uses up ALL his leave on the job or takes the longest time to get back to the house wit your McDonalds. He the type that will go to McDonalds, get your food, then go to the carryout but aint ordered his food yet.

"Lord Willin, Rome Feelin".


"Action Words vs. Adventure Words"
by Reggie Dinkins, Jr.


Action Words and Adventure Words, well it's kind of like when you learned verbs for the first time, but way worse. Running, writing, riding, and words like that take on a whole nother meaning. Put your pens down, this is an open-mind exercise.

Action Words: Action Words require a certain action, either self-induced or one imposed upon another.

Cuss: "Dont you cuss me" oh yes this means somebody has told off an older person. This is usually used in front of company. It has no gender. In it's female form, the woman usually proceeds to tell the man off, in front of her and/or his friends. In the male form, the man might go take a walk, and come back and give ole Eleanor a good-shake.

Hyche: pronounced "hush", "Hyche your mouth". Another word with age, used to cease noise immegiately.

Run: "Run me my numbers" This form of the word run requires that you get down to the liquor store and play them numbers before 12, nobody wants to miss the daily Pick 3.


Adventure Words: Now Adventure Words dont necessarily have to be verbs, they are just words that take you somewhere else, on an adventure.

Heeem: pronounced him, "Can I tell heem, You better tell heeem" That heeem takes you a variety of places, maybe to Carolina or Georgia, it might just put you on your back porch, and Ms. Rawlins grandboy Tim aint in the house. "Tim aint here, can I tell heeeem, you lookin for heeem"

Tisn't: most serious form of "isn't, is not": A serious word to say the least, and is always said slowly, in order to specifically understand that Gary aint there, and he might not be there, when he gets there, and if he comes in there his aunt is gonna let heeeem know something. "Gary tisn't in". When a statement like that is made, you won't be leaving a message, so don't try because Aunt Doris will be hanging up on you in mid-sentence.

Tousch him: pronounced touch heeem: This one might take you to church. Sitting with the Young Adult Choir, or the Jr. Usher Board, and Marcus done fell asleep next to you. "Tousch him, wake that boy up". You could also wind up on the bus, "...is this your piece of paper".

Tonic: A wild word to say the least. This might have you down the country in your Aunt's bedroom.. "Don't knock that epsom-tonic over, matter of fact hand it to me" It might have you outside walking past the porch where the old men hang out.."That boy had the tonic, yes he did". Last but not least tonic might have you in a basement with your father, playing cards, Tonic goes unsaid, but you see it several times poured into that drankin glass, you know that plastic bottle with the yellow label.

Oh it aint over, just didn't want to overwhelm you. You cant learn your timestables in a day, so let it digest. This stove is always hot. I'm just a nigga in a seatbelt.