Almost every comment on yesterday’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test was the same-folks were familiar with all the words except arrowy. Most of you will remember-but for those of you who might have missed the test-I explained the word like this:
- Arrowy: arrow. “They’ve got a arrowy painted on the road showing you were to turn off now. I reckeon they think people can’t do nothing by themselves.”
Back in the day-before I ever laid eyes on The Deer Hunter, I went on a date with a boy from way down in the lower portion of Cherokee County. We went bowling. He was trying to explain the art of bowling to me-when he told me to watch for the ‘arrowy’. I said “Watch for what?”, he said “The arrowy.” After a few times of that I finally figured out he was telling me to watch for the arrow. He sorta blushed and told me “All his family said arrowy for arrow.” I told him not to worry my family talked funny too.
I never even thought about trying to research the word arrowy-but one of you did. Sandy found this about the word:
Ar´row`y a. 1. Consisting of arrows. How quick they wheeled, and flying, behind them shot Sharp sleet of arrowy showers.- Milton. 2. Formed or moving like, or in any respect resembling, an arrow; swift; darting; piercing. By the blue rushing of the arrowy Rhone.
After I read Sandy’s great comment I found this on the Merriam Webster site:
Definition of ARROWY1: resembling or suggesting an arrow <arrowy pines>; especially: swiftly moving <the sky was radiant with arrowy bolts — Mark Twain>2: consisting of arrows <arrowy showers>*1616-first known use of arrowy*marrowy rhymes with arrowy