John Oldani

Mark S. Abeln

St. Louis folklorist John Oldani has published a new book on the region's folklore and traditions, this time about the Christmas holiday.

The book, Christmas in St. Louis, includes more than 200 iconic St. Louis Christmas photographs by Mark S. Abeln, as well as historic photos from the archives of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Among the book's highlights are:

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Have you ever heard the story of the grandma who sees a young man in Dierberg's and says he reminds her of her dead grandson, then uses his sympathy to trick him into paying for her groceries? What about the the phrase "you know you're from St. Louis when Velveeta is your favorite kind of cheese?" If so, then you have an idea of the content of John Oldani's books.

John Oldani on St. Louis folklore and lingo

May 22, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Whether you “warsh” or wash, drink “sodie” or soda, or take highway “farty” or forty, every St. Louisan can relate to the city’s quirky way of speaking.

John Oldani’s new book, “St. Lou-isms: Lingo, Lore, and the Lighter side of Life in the Gateway City,” uncovers all the weird vocabulary, phrases and old tales that nearly every St. Louis native knows.