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From Ong’s Orality and Literacy

“Proverbs and riddles are not used simply to store knowledge but to engage others in verbal and intellectual combat: utterance of one proverb or riddle challenges hearers to top it with a more apposite or a contradictory one. […] Growing up in a still dominantly oral culture, certain young black males in the United States, the Caribbean, and elsewhere, engage in what is known variously as the ‘dozens’ or ‘joining’ or ‘sounding’ or by other names, in which one opponent tries to outdo the other in vilifying the other’s mother” (44).


Written by kimlacey

August 21, 2009 at 10:01 am

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