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Thread #86816   Message #1618164
Posted By: GUEST,Joe_F
01-Dec-05 - 09:46 PM
Thread Name: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Subject: RE: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Walrus: The custom indeed exists among US blacks, but among them, AFAIK, it is called "the dozens". Among Caltech undergraduates in the 1950s it was called "shitgiving". Among northern Eskimos it used to be a serious form of dueling, used to settle quarrels without mayhem. The contestants took turns insulting each other to the beat of a drum, and a winner was declared (IIRC) by the spectators.

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