AS WAS HIS CUSTOM
AS WAS HIS CUSTOM, a carnival manger
was making his daily round of the midway on more or less of a
fault-finding tour, Stopping to listen to a sideshow talker's
opening, he was surprised to hear him say, "If you're a lot of
broken bums and ain't got the admission price of this show in your
pockets, then scram home and don't be out here taking up our
Returning to his office, the manager
pondered over the remark and grew hot under the collar. With
his secretary, he returned to the sideshow to listen in to learn
whether his ears had deceived him, but again the talker used, "If
you're a lot of broken bums and ain't got the admission price of
this show in your pockets, etc." Again going to his office,
the manager sent for the talker. "Johnson," he yelled," I
was on the lot listening to your opening. I find that your
crude way of expressing yourself is hurting business.
Won't you ever learn that 'ain't got'
isn't correct English?"
Image by Jack Cole from the
comic series the Barker 1944
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