A guy just came out of a party and within two minutes went into a ditch with his car, and made it wrecked. But he seemed not to realize the situation quite well yet, drunken, and said like this, what’s the meaning?

“Wonder‘ff tell me where there’s gas’line station?” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)

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It's a contraction of wonder if with slurring of the if (due to drunkenness). Similarly, gas'line is gasoline.

  • "due to drunkenness" is localized to the context of this quotation. There are other reasons for slurring, for example a speech impediment. Or maybe even just talking fast. – user485 Apr 12 '13 at 19:40

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