cracker-barrel humor

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Originally associated with the native American wise saws involved in the swapping of gossip, information, and social and political views around the cracker barrel of New England general stores, but later extended to all shrewd, homespun, idiomatic Yankee wit, such as that of Jack Downing, Sam Slick, the characters in Lowell's Biglow Papers, the Widow Bedott, and Mrs. Partington, and further extended to all horse-sense folk humor of the U.S., regardless of region.

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