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Appalachian Dialect

Cold in Appalachia

We’ve had some down right chilly temperatures this winter in Appalachia. I know many other parts of the country have too. The other day a friend I hadn’t seen in a while asked me how I was liking this cold weather. I told her “I like it! I want it to be winter in the winter and summer in the summer.” She agreed she liked it too. The Deer Hunter loves it. He lives for cold weather. You’ll never hear…

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I got up backwards this morning

Chitter got up Backwards

The other day Chitter got up backwards. She woke up in a bad mood and then she had one of…

brogans

Brogans

brogan noun A variant pronunciation with stress on both syllables [‘bro’gaen]. 1942 Hall Phonetics 57. 1967 DARE (Gatlinburg TN). B…

blare your eyes

Do you ever Blare your Eyes?

Do you ever blare your eyes? I do. I teasingly tell my co-workers my one and only fault is I…

Shanks mare

Shank’s Mare

Over the weekend I was flipping through my Cades Cove Cookbooks and it got me to thinking about Mildred Cable.…

Appalachian Word Usage

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 107

  This month about got away from before I remembered to post the Appalachian Vocabulary Test so I don’t have…

southern sayings

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 106

It’s time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test. I’m sharing a few videos to let you hear the words and phrases. To…

Dorie woman of the mountains

Big Cats, Bears, and Coyotes

  One of my favorite books about living in Appalachia back in the day is Dorie Woman of the Mountains written by…