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William Robison <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 6 May 2023 09:49:09 -0500
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As long as the group are on the subject of Twain's lexicon, one of my
favorite words (though not a Twain invention) is "fantod(s)," as in "These
was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn’t somehow seem to take to them,
because if ever I was down a little they always give me the fan-tods." It
so nicely captures a sense of queasy disquiet.

William B. Robison, PhD
Department Head / Professor of History
Department of History and Political Science
Southeastern Louisiana University
SLU 10895, Hammond LA 70402
985-549-2109 phone / 985-549-2012 fax
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