Take me to the river, Chaunse me in the water...
July 3, 2010 1:45 PM Subscribe
Looking for a vernacular American English word! Chaunse, shawnse, shaunse, etc...
posted by darkstar to Writing & Language (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Beloved MeFites! I have recently encountered a word used in a conversation by an older gentleman that I'm trying to track down. As soon as he used it, it sparked a dim memory of having heard it numerous times in my early childhood. The word is pronounced, essentially, "shawns".
It was used in the following sentence: "I took the blinds off the window and washed them in the bathtub. Just /shawnsd/ them down in the water several times and they came up good as new."
The word is onomatopoetic, I believe, for rinsing or dunking into water. I have a dim recollection of hearing this word used when I was a very small boy growing up in Georgia. My Google-fu is strong, but I have not been able to find the word and am not sure of the orthography (even if there is a standardized orthography for the word). Can anyone shed some light on this? Bonus points if you can find an attestation in literature.
My linguist's spidey sense is tingling! Thanks in advance for your help!