Education: The Giggle Is a Caspar

"The giggle is a dirty Caspar. The cattle are aggieing about him."

If a visiting lecturer had chanced to overhear this remark at Mooseheart, Ill., site of a Loyal Order of Moose home & school for some 1,000 orphans, he would either be mystified or mortified. Translated from recorded Mooseheart slang, the remark means: "The visiting lecturer is a very queer person. The girls are gossiping about him."

The first study of slang in this small community, a self-contained unit ideally suited for the purpose, was made in 1930 by Leonard W. Merryweather of the Mooseheart School. Recently Psychologist Edmund Kasser made a...

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