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10 Words/Phrases from Appalachia


Today’s video shares ten words/phrases from Appalachia.

I hope you enjoyed the video!

Jayho isn’t a word I’ve ever actually heard, but isn’t it a great word? Juberous is not very common these days, but the other examples are still common in my area of Appalachia.

Hope you’ll leave me a comment and let me know if you’re familiar with the examples in the video.

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    Steve Griffin
    April 2, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    My folks in the Crossville area used to use the phrase “liked to” about situations that almost happened, but didn’t. “It got so windy out thar that branch liked ta fall on my car” meant that the branch didn’t really fall on the car but people looking outside during the storm were afraid it was going to.

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      Gerald Brinson
      April 19, 2021 at 8:38 am

      It was always the same in Kentucky – “I liked to a got blowed away on the way in to work this morning!”

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    Sanford McKinney Jr
    March 22, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    I am going to go out on a limb here in regard to Jayho. Hope someone doesn’t saw off the limb while I am “out on the limb”. When I was growing up, I always heard Jayho referred as a little area that jutted off to the side of a one-lane road
    so that one wagon/automobile, etc. could pull over until the other one could pass. I believe this might have also applied to logging when logs were attached to a “hack line” and turned loose to come off a mountain. It would be nice to hear some comments if anyone is still around that remembers “how it used to be”?

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    Lynn M Fleming
    March 21, 2021 at 11:27 am

    My GrandMomma use to say to visitors; “Yall”(the person or people)
    come on over here and “Sit a Spell” (Stay a while) on this here “Davenport” ( couch) and visit.

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    March 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Heard all my life
    Fer piece is a long distance. It’s a fer piece to the store
    Ni on- nearly there. It’s ni on to supper time
    Tad- a small amount. You need to add a tad of salt to them turnips

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    Ron Bass
    March 19, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    I’ve heard and still use all these except jayho and Jim jams. I use juvus rather than juberous. Always loved “little old”. Thanks Tipper, for all you do for our culture.

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    March 19, 2021 at 11:07 am

    I’ve heard them all except Jay Ho. Lol I’ve heard sommers for somewhere too. Love the language.

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      March 19, 2021 at 11:17 pm

      I have used the term jimmy jack, and jack hole

      Jimmy jack — messed things up
      Jack hole—- idiot or whatever.

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      Gerald Brinson
      April 19, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Also sommers else for somewhere other than where you are, here in Kentucky.

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    Guerry McConnell
    March 19, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Miss Cindy, I’ve heard “pert” used like this:
    “She’s pert near 5 foot tall.” Or “His house is pert near mine.”

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      Gerald Brinson
      April 19, 2021 at 8:42 am

      Me too. “Purt near” was (and is) really commonly used in Kentucky.

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    Jim Casada
    March 19, 2021 at 10:10 am

    Tipper–I’m sure you are aware of this, but as a technologically inept feller who doesn’t know doodley-squat about the ways and workings of modern stuff such as computers, something associated with you blog has been a revelation to me. I often finish up the evening, other than a spate of reading in bed, by listening to some old-time country music or bluegrass on YouTube. Recently I’ve noticed, multiple times, that your offering for the next day is already up. It will appear among the listings on the right edge of the computer screen. Last night, for example, I was listening to Slim Whitman and juberous though I initially was, there you were.

    Two comments on today’s offering. I’ve usually heard “keep your drawers on” or “don’t get your underwear in a wad.” When it comes to new ground, I always think of the long ago practice of girdling trees so that there would be new ground to work in a couple of years.

    Jim Casada

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    March 19, 2021 at 9:56 am

    In NE Mississippi “kilt” was used in past time – “Albert done kilt fhe old gal”

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    O. P. Holder
    March 19, 2021 at 9:11 am

    I grew up with a Dad who was a logger. He would hook more than one log in a “trail” of logs. In that first log was a Jay-grab.
    The purpose was was so the horse would not be injured if the logs began pushing the horse on a steep place. The horse was hooked to the Jay-grab by way of a spur projecting above the bar of the Jay-grab. If the logger saw the logs were about to overtake the horse, He would yell JAY_HOLE. This was a signal for the horse to jump to the side into a wide place along side the trail called a Jay-Hole. The single tee (or tree) as some called it. automatically became loose from the Jay-grab, the trail of logs continued on down the steep place. The horse was then safe. I always rode on top of the first log to be sure the horse was safe. When he jumped, I jumped with him. This was all in the 1950’s.

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      Ed Ammons
      March 19, 2021 at 11:34 am

      You said the same thing I did in the comments on the video. You explanation was better than mine. I am “Papaw” on Youtube.

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      Sanford McKinney Jr
      March 22, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Jayho or jayhole was used in Upper East TN in reference to logging. It seems that I remember hearing about a “hack” line where logs were hooked to a cable and turned loose to come off a mountain. Later on there were wide places made in one lane roads so that if two vehicles met, one could pull into the jayhole until the other could pass. Sometimes that meant that one of them had to “backup” to the nearest jayhole. Every once in a while two stubborn drivers would meat and get into an argument on which one should “backup”. That did not happen often, but occasionally was a bone of contention.

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    March 19, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I have heard and still use most of the expressions except for jayho. One thing we say instead of keep your britches on is don’t get your drawers in a wad.

    This is for Tipper and Paul, my autistic grandson loved Paul’s monkey song.

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      Ed Ammons
      March 19, 2021 at 11:46 am

      I once worked with a woman who said “well, if you are going to act like that, I’ll just pull up my bloomers and leave.”

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    Ron Stephens
    March 19, 2021 at 8:20 am

    You made me think of:

    little bitty o/ole/old
    little o/ole/old
    plain o/ole/old
    big o/ole/old
    great big o/ole/old

    Which brings up the next question. Is it “o” as in a meaningless extra, or “ole” (which I think of as meaning “one”) or “old” which – as you mention – may have nothing to do with age? Or maybe it just doesn’t matter.

    Silly thought I guess but Jeff Foxworthy could take the DSME and make up a lot of comedy routines with something like “You might have met an Appalachiner if …”. We wouldn’t mind if people would laugh with us but we shore wouldn’t like it if they laughed at us.

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    Donna W.
    March 19, 2021 at 7:53 am

    I always figured huberous was just a mis-pronouncing of the word “dubious”, which means uncertain, suspicious, or doubtful.

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      Ed Ammons
      March 19, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Could be a misspelling of hubris which means “excessive pride or self-confidence”.

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      Sanford McKinney Jr
      March 22, 2021 at 3:12 pm

      My Mother used to use the word juberous as suspicious or doubtful. She might say, “I am a little juberous of what so and so said about catching so many fish in one day”! If she knew someone was not to be believed she would, “You had better be juberous of anything you hear from him/her”.

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        Gerald Brinson
        April 19, 2021 at 8:45 am

        I think that’s the way I always heard “juberous” used. “I’m a little juberous of that ol bird” meant I don’t quite trust that feller.

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    Don Byers
    March 19, 2021 at 7:46 am

    My Grandpa Nick Byers and others used to exclaim. “I Ginny”……

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    March 19, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I find your words today so delightful. Summer I’ve heard in a couple that I have not. I wish you luck in your gardening this spring which is about to be sprung and God bless you and the work that you do for Appalachia.

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      March 19, 2021 at 10:29 am

      Anne, it looks like your spell check put in “Summer” for you; but I’ve heard “”Somers (somewhere) i have a hammer.”

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    Miss Cindy
    March 19, 2021 at 7:15 am

    I love our language! I love how we form words to express what we mean. One I haven’t heard in a while is puert, meaning pert like, your very puert today!

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