What are some of Scout Finch's typical sayings in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Oddly, Scout does not seem to have any specific catch phrases or oft-repeated quotes. She uses many Southern colloquial terms ("ain't," "reckon," "yonder"); is too young yet to understand the bigotry behind the word "nigger;" and, like many young Southern children, she drops the "g" on many of her "ing" words ("tryin'," "runnin' "). She also uses combined words such as "wanta" and "outa;" abbreviated words, like " 'em" ("them"), and "c'n" ("can"); and non-abbreviated combinations, like "nome" ("no ma'am") and "yessum" ("yes ma'am").

A few examples of "Scoutisms" are:

  • "... if you don't hush, I'll knock you bowlegged." (to Dill)
  • "Calpurnia says that's nigger-talk."  (to Miss Maudie)
  • "But what in the sam holy hill did you wait till tonight?"  (to Jem)
  • "You can just take that back, boy!" (to Cecil Jacobs)
  • "Pass the damn ham, please." (to Uncle Jack)
  • "... you better cut it out this red hot minute."  (to Cousin Francis)
  • "What's a whore-lady?"  (to Uncle Jack)
  • "Cecil Jacobs is a big fat hen."  (to Cecil and Sheriff Tate)
  • "Well, it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"  (to Atticus)
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tkambqanda | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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"put your hands up for Detroit, it's a lovely city" - Scout (chapter 13, pg 87)

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