Table of Contents

Foreword

BALLY

The American Travelling Carnival
Carnival or Circus?
Beckmann & Gerety World’s Best Shows
My Grandparents Join the Carnival
My Very Own Secret Language

MIDWAY

Carnival Talk in Context
Carnival Jargon
Constructing Carny
Learzet’s Spearzeak Cearzarnearzy!

SIDESHOW

The Rise and Fall of Carny
“Jumping Ship”
Language Games

CONCESSIONS

The Afterlife of Carnival Talk
Selected Bibliography
Appendix: Travelling Notes
About the Author

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