Re: Uncas' Mother ... Shhhh!

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Posted by Elaine on August 28, 1998 at 16:42:52:

In Reply to: Re: Uncas' MotherAllergic Reactions posted by Gayle on August 28, 1998 at 14:09:45:

: 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.

: Gayle

For shame! You stop trashing Cooper ...
I always thought of the "Hist-O-Hist" being a variation of the Scottish *whist*, which means "hush."
Wah-Ta-Wah was gentle and soft spoken, like a lullabye ... whist, whist, whist ...

Punctured lung, indeed!

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