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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by Mark Twain
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What vernacular words does Twain use in "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and how is this more authentic?

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In this story, the vernacular is used by Simon Wheeler, a man who relates the tale of Jim Smiley and his trained frog to the narrator.

When telling this tale, Simon uses lots of vernacular words, including "feller," "thish-yer," "cal'klated," "edercate," and "sorter."

By using the vernacular, Twain increases the authenticity of his story in a couple of ways. Firstly, the vernacular makes the setting more authentic. Because he is using local dialect, the reader feels more immersed in the world of Angel's Camp, a mining community in the West, where the story is set. Secondly, using the vernacular also makes the character of Simon Wheeler more believable and authentic. It is much easier for the reader to accept Wheeler as a member of this Western mining community since his use of language embodies that region and way of life.

Also, note the contrast between the way that Simon speaks compared with the narrator. This contrast between the two men creates a further sense of authenticity. The...

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