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Vout-oroonie - Slim Gaillard


One of the most eccentric vocalists ever to hit the jazz scene, Slim Gaillard became a legendary cult figure thanks to his own privately invented jive dialect “vout,” a variation on hipster slang composed of imaginary nonsense words (“oreenie” and “oroonie” being two other examples). Gaillard’s comic performances, laid-back cool, and supremely silly songs made him a popular entertainer from the late ‘30s to the early ‘50s, especially on the West Coast, and several of his compositions became genuine hits, including “Flat Foot Floogie” and “Cement Mixer.”


Once upon a time there were hipsters. I’m not talking about the people who moved to and ruined your neighborhood and are killing you softly with their ironic bad taste. Hipsters had good taste and were actually hip. They knew about and experienced things that you only read about in books. Slim Gaillard was a hipster of the highest order. Jack Kerouac (another hipster) knew this and wrote books about it. In On The Road, Sal and Dean go to see Slim play in San Francisco and have a drink with him after his set. “Bourbon-orooni...thank-you-ovauti...” Slim said. Like Lester Young (another hipster), Slim spoke his own language. He called it Vout. It was mostly gibberish be-bop jive, but there was a method to his madness. He was funny as hell and he swung. Slim claimed to be half Greek and from Cuba. In fact, he was half German and from Detroit. When I was kid, we sang a nursery-rhyme called, “Down by the Station,” I found out later that Slim wrote it. It’s featured below in today’s selections, as are collaborations with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Cold War musings about the apocalypse, and “Yep-Roc-Heresay,” where he recites the menu from an Armenian restaurant. -source, plus music - vout-o-reenee dictionary


see also: How to Speak Hip - WMFU has the entire LP in track-length chunks. plus, a PDF!


Sluggo sez: And I don't blab any drab gab -- I chatter the hep patter


Also: Cab Calloway’s Hepster’s Dictionary of Jive



Pig Latinates - online translator - learning pig latin - the bible (well, 3 books) in... Pig Latin


“Monkey Dutch” and “Dog English” seem worth investigating further.



How to build a language in one day

well, a transliteration of english into Linear-B. It’s quick, and produces interesting results.




Shut up, hippy! (a dictionary) - heh.



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