Chipmunk (left) went to the hob. “I shied the hob,” harped Deacon, “too codgy. ” “There was a huge fister,” harped Chipmunk, “and the highman of the higheelers brought in thribs deputies and shut ‘er down.” “Not bahl,” harped Deacon. “Gotta have a fister once in awhile to get it out of yer system.”
(Translation: Chipmunk went to the dance. Deacon didn’t…getting too old for that he “harped” or said. Chipmunk said there was a big fight and the sheriff brought in three deputies to shut it down. Not “bahl” or good, “harped” Deacon.)
Boontling is an folk language spoken only in Boonville, in the Anderson Valley of Northern California. It was invented in the late 1800s and had quite a following at the turn of the century. Now it is only spoken by old-timers and heritage.