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A retired newspaper reporter in Rhode Island, I'm curious about some words and phrases my family used in Roxbury in the early 1950s. For instance, "hoobie;" referred to a rock about the size of a closed fist; "ryesol" referred to the end or heel of a loaf of bread; "bruise" a shirt or a pair of pants meant to quickly iron them; "half-ball" was a schoolyard baseball game with a pimpleball that was cut in half and hit with a broomstick..


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