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Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: Roy Tony called "Jim"
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:00 pm 
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On 507, Foltz calls Roy Tony "Dude, Man, Esse, Bro, Posse, Crew, Homes, Jim, Brother." I find it an odd choice of term and wonder if anyone knows a use of "Jim" that fits this context.


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 Post subject: Re: Roy Tony called "Jim"
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 9:43 pm 
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This is an extremely minor spoiler whose context is entirely removed, but a spoiler nonetheless.

Spoiler! "
fn 294 wrote:
It's a Boston-colored thing on Commitments to make all speech a protracted apostrophe to some absent 'Jim' . . .


Viz. it seems to be a bit of (real, maybe?) slang whose significance is questionable. Which isn't to say that it might not be a reference to the "Jim" who figures heavily into our story, perhaps as a way of pointing out that, despite his upper-class status, he had a relationship with these "lower-class" people because of his alcoholism."


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