Boontling Language Spoken in Boonville, a Dying Tongue | NBC Chicago

Boontling Language Spoken in Boonville, a Dying Tongue

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    If you’re driving in the tiny town of Boonville, Calif. – a 115-mile drive from San Francisco – and hear expressions like “Ilden pike to the chilgoory nook,” you better grab a dictionary, because you’re bound to get lost in the translation. Actually, probably even a dictionary won’t help. That’s because in these coastal mountains of the Anderson Valley, home to roughly 1,000 people, the dying language of “Boontling” is on its way out. Bob Redell reports