Posted by Gayle on August 28, 1998 at 14:09:45:
In Reply to: Re: Uncas' Mother posted by Marcia on August 28, 1998 at 13:26:41:
...just the other day I was wondering what the heck the Mohican word for Hist-o-Hist is! Now I know. And a special thanks to JFC for clearing it up.
: (Me, muttering to myself, here...Hist-o-Hist, indeed...sounds like an allergy medication to me!)
Good thought, MMMM. Never thought of it that way before, but I have to admit it is redolent of long nights in a damp forest.
For some reason I was never able to figure out, the word "hist" was used as a warning, meaning "ssshh!". In the case of Wah Ta Wah, as I remember, it had to do with the softness of her voice - alternately described as soft as a whisper and the song of a wren. Howsssever, from the way Cooper described it, it sounded more like somebody with a punctured lung.
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