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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Jaws

My life in appalachia - Jaws

Chitter and Chatter sporting their very first Easter Hats

Overheard the other day: “That littlest girl came back and set with me. She’s so cute! You know shes got those jaws that you just want to pinch or kiss or both!”

Chitter and Chatter had those kind of jaws too.

A few other ways the word jaw is used in Appalachia:

  • If he’ll ever quit jawing we’ll go to the house. (meaning if he would quit talking)
  • I found out a long time ago me and him don’t jaw. (meaning their personalities clash)
  • If he ever pulls that stuff on me I’ll jack his jaw! (meaning-I’ll whip his butt)


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.



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    April 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Those girls were adorable! Still are!!
    My Captain likes to jaw.
    And I’ve heard of jaw jacking all my life.

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    April 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Don’t forget “Flap jaw”. My mother would complain about running into certain women at the grocery store because they were “flap jaws”. Also used on me when I was being particularly talkative.

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    April 25, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Precsious picture Tipper!! Heard of the jawing and jack your jaw but not the we don’t jaw. Cracks me up… 🙂

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    Suzi Phillips
    April 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Such cute chubby cheeks! Sadly, my jaws have turned into jowls-LOL.

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    April 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Such beautiful babies with cute little jaws.

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    April 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Those are beautiful babies and
    we’ve watched them grow up into
    gorgeous mid-teenagers and they
    have kept their heads on straight.
    That is a tribute to their parents, I think…Ken

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    April 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful babies. I always enjoy your vocabulary lesson. In the second meaning, I have heard the term gee-haw meaning difference in people’s personalities…don’t think I have heard jaw used in that manner. Happy day!

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    Ed Ammons
    April 25, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Ain’t that where you put your baccer. In your jaw? You know, your chaw. You take your out pocket knife and cut off a chaw of Kentucky Twist and put it in your jaw.
    “Delivered with love by Patricia Haynes.” Did she deliver the babies?

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    April 25, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Loved the baby pictures of Chitter and Chatter! From beautiful babies, lovely young ladies grow! And as to pinching their jaws, it was–and I’m sure still is–a temptation! All your uses of “jaw” I’m familiar with but don’t use them as often as previously. And, back to pinch-able jaws (cheeks), my six-months old great grandsons, Samuel and Josua Jones, have want-to-pinch cute, sweet jaws, too. I’m collecting pictures of them now, and their parents share a lot through facebook!

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    B. Ruth
    April 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Heard those jaw statements too…
    As well as “What’s the matter, you got lock jaw?”….”Hey boy, you got a chaw (baccer) in that jaw?” “That cold fudgesicle give me the jaw freeze!” “He’d smack you so hard yore jawbone would be on the other side of yore head!”
    Oooh, and the one that always gives me the creeps is…”I’ll lock yore jaws so you can’t speak”, from the song “Oh, Death”….
    Those are sweet pictures of the
    girls…Chitter and Chatter or synonymous with the word jaw…LOL
    Great post Tipper,

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    April 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

    oh my what adorable little girls and they are still adorable. Yes I have heard the word “jawing” used a long time ago. Even up here in Kansas.

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    April 25, 2012 at 11:02 am

    they are just adorable and i can tell it is them, they have changed but still recognizable. i have heard all the jaw sayings.

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    April 25, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Oh they look so pinch-able! How did you ever tell them apart?

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    Sue Crane
    April 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

    those are chipmunk cheeks — just begging for kisses and pinches.

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    Mary Shipman
    April 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Loved this one! Cute babies and some pleasant jawing! What a great way to start the day! Thank you Tipper.

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    susie swanson
    April 25, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I’ve heard the boxing jaws part.. you have to sweet girls and they were and still are so beautiful, just like you.. I love their little fat jaws..have a good day

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    April 25, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I’ve heard all those jaws sayings and those jaws sure look kissable. They look like something Mary Cassatt would have painted!
    My Granny used to say about such children…”That child looked so sweet, it was all I could do to keep from biting her!”

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    Suzann Moffitt Ledford
    April 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Danielle’s granny used to tell her, “I want some rouge the same color as what’s on your jaws” :)”

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    April 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Oh my how precious! Those little jaws are certainly kissable, but those little noses are the cutest things ever! They were little living dolls! I have heard the word jaw used in all the examples. My aunt used to tell us kids that if we didn’t quieten down and behave that she was going to jack our jaws.

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    April 25, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Chitter is trying to shield her jaw that someone just pinched or is getting ready to. Chatter is saying,”I dare you!” How cute! Who could resist?

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    Bill Burnett
    April 25, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Like Don I’ve always heard of pinching cheeks but the rest of the Jaws comments are very common. Doc Kelly never pinched my cheeks but he pert near took a patch of hide off’n my side every time he could sneak up behind me. It didn’t matter to him that many of these incidents occured while I was an officer and was armed. His technique was to catch skin between his pointer and middle finger, pinch and twist. I’m sure if it hadn’t been for his advanced age he would have earned many a jaw jackin.

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    Ron Banks
    April 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Beautiful babies Tipper!
    My mother use to tell us if we didn’t behave she was gonna box(smack you) our jaws. And believe me she meant it too.
    Well, I would like to sit around here and jaw all day but I have work to do!

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    dolores barton
    April 25, 2012 at 8:34 am

    The first two meanings I was familiar with, but the third one I had not heard used that way. Interesting to say the least!
    Those little cuties really looked like fun to get laughing.

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    April 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Chitter and Chatter were such sweet babies! I’ve always heard jack your jaw from Grandpa and the uncles.

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    April 25, 2012 at 8:30 am

    This post makes me laugh, what with your examples and everyone’s comments! Makes me smile real big, wonder if it’s makin’ my jaws pinchable!

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    Miss Cindy
    April 25, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Those are the cutest jaws I ever saw, but then I could be partial. I hear grandmother sometimes are. lol
    I don’t remember ever hearing jaw used to say two people didn’t get along.
    Certainly hear jack your jaw all my life. Also heard Jawing as too much talking.
    Don’t you just love all our colorful expressions!

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    Uncle Al
    April 25, 2012 at 7:36 am

    For that particular occasion, I believe we’ve used ‘cheeks’ instead of jaw, however heard and used all the others. Cute picture of those girls.

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    Karen Larsen
    April 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I’ve only heard and used the first one, And that picture!! I would love to pinch and kiss those jaws! My son had fat cheeks and dimples, so he got that a lot! His baby, too.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 25, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Such adorable little cheeks, it does want to make you pinch them. I’ve always pictured the jaw as the bone portion that opens and closes..which makes sense with the flappin your jaws saying which I’ve both heard and used.

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    Tim Mc
    April 25, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Yep, heard and use all those. Now if that picture don’t make you smile there is something wrong with you… cute…

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    April 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

    One of the best expressions I’ve ever: “Don’t that tighten your jaw!”

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    April 25, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Don-good guess-Chitter is on the left and Chatter is on the right!
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    Ed Ammons
    April 25, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Whip is what you do to cream. Butts get whupped! Now I can’t stand around here flappin my jaws all day. I gotta get goin!

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    Don Casada
    April 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

    I believe I’ve always heard and used cheek instead of jaw when it comes to pinching or kissing.
    There was a druggist here in Bryson City, Doc Kelly Bennett, who would absolutely pinch the fire out of your cheek. In my case, it was the one on my face, but I’ve heard tell that cute girls were subject to having their posterior cheeks pinched.
    But whether it is cheeks or jaws, you had some pinchable cuties, alright. Of course they’re still cuties, but I’ve got a feeling that unwanted pinching would get you a good pop in the jaw.
    Is that Chitter is on the left and Chatter on the right?

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