A few weeks back I was asked to talk to students and parents at a local school about being a blogger. There were several speakers and the participants were divided into groups. Each group spent about 15 minutes with a speaker before moving on to the next.
I talked about blogging in general. I read Charles Fletcher’s story “Old Jim the Pet Crow” and I talked about Appalachian Language. I believe they enjoyed the Appalachian words I tested them with more than anything else, even though not many of them recognized the words.
My star pupil was a lady about my age who grew up in Brasstown. She knew most of the words. Coming in second was my sister-n-law’s nephew who is in 8th grade. He didn’t necessarily know all the words, but I could see a flash of recognition go across his face for most of them. I hope my presentation will make him, and the others, pay closer attention to the colorful Appalachian language they hear and take pride in knowing it’s part of their heritage.