1908: Jargon was goin’ to be the standard language
One of the first books of its kind — a motorist’s travelogue of the American Far West.
The writing style is engaging and strives to quote regular folks as they really spoke with the author.
Photo from between pages 230 & 231
This is Clifton Johnson’s 1908 book, Highways and byways of the Pacific coast (New York: MacMillan). Read it for free at that link!
On page 240: an elderly male settler of 1853, found splitting rails by the roadside apparently in the Canyonville area of SW Oregon, recalls in a conversation:
We talked a jargon that was got up for the Indians; and that was taught in the schools. I used to could speak that jargon better than I could English and we had an i-dea [sic] that was goin’ to be the standard language here in Oregon.
Well my friends, it could still happen…!