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Thread #140533   Message #3230558
Posted By: Dead Horse
28-Sep-11 - 10:04 AM
Thread Name: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
Subject: RE: New evidence for 'shanty' origins?
I would put forward the use of the word 'chaunt' in
"As we chaunt to the woodlands, row boys, row"
 and the use of the word 'shanty' in the same song would suggest that they have entirely different meanings to the writer. This would mean that shanty boys are men who live in shanty dwellings, and not related to sea songs.