On the cover of a reading copy of Shakespeare's Richard the Second that he made by tearing the leaves of the play out of a complete volume and binding them in wrapping paper, he wrote: "Had it put this shape to take in my pocket to Coney Island on my seashore jaunts--read it & 'spouted' it there." (5) Whitman also bundled together late in life a set of poems that he deemed "favorite" pieces for "spouting," and, pointing to the package of poems sitting on a chair, told Traubel, "I was a great spouter
in my early days--even later on--had my favorite pieces--these among them" (WWWC, 5:463).
Many readers will remember when the area in front of St Martin's featured street entertainers (such as escapologists) - a tradition going back to medieval times - charity collectors, petitioners, anti-war and anti-apartheid activists (usually supported by Cannon Peter Hall), religious singers and spouters
, theatre groups, various rallies, and, well into the Sixties, soap-box operators on Sunday evenings.
professors take a course in public speaking or hand their manuscripts over to those who can deliver them so that one can at least distinguish the words." (19) To be fair, it was not just professors whose speech habits were condemned; another Winnipeg resident suggested that the station should "disbar permanently all members of the City Council and Legislature; all Aldermen, School Trustees and school children; all grain and stock market reporters, poetry spouters
Some characters are mere spouters
of politics; much of the violence is gratuitous; and the philosophizing "interrupt[s] the smooth flow of fantasy" (Los Angeles Times).
Useful knowledge is not about "load[ing] up your memory with the chronological sequence of what has happened, or the names of protagonists, or authors of books, or generals and leading political spouters
," he suggests, but rather about "understand[ing] the processes biological, social, economic now going on" (Guide 51).
Proof that not all the touchline prowlers are spouters
of cliches, switched onto automatic pilot.
While in football, I'm sure we don't hear about the ex-players and managers who fail to break into the Current And Retired Players And Current And Sacked Managers' Mafia who make up the army of informed ``we played the game, so we can talk about it'' TV and radio spouters
Baku became notorious for its gushers and spouters
. In 1886 a particularly ferocious gusher in Bibi-Eilat, Baku's richest field, is said to have produced more oil in one day than all the rest of the world's wells put together.