Saturday, December 9, 2017
THE DOZENS, BRITISH STYLE
The Dozens is an African-American verbal competition in which men trade insults, each one more outrageous and exaggerated than the last, until one of the competitors gets off an insult so brilliant and over the top that the rest collapse in laughter and confess themselves beaten. It is one example of the verbal imaginativeness and mastery of the Black community [other examples are Signifying, Loud Talking and of course Rap, as well as the musical variation, jazz riffing.] But skill at spontaneous verbal competition is not restricted to African-Americans. Here is a lovely British example I just came across on YouTube, courtesy of Monty Python.