It’s time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test-take it and see how you do.
- Beside oneself
- Black dark
- Backhand: to slap someone. “It was awful. I backhanded her before I knew what happened! I hated it, but I won’t listen to nobody talk about my Daddy like that.”
- Bark: to knock or scrape the skin off your shin or knuckle. “He came in dripping blood all through my kitchen where he’d barked all his knuckles cutting that big tree down.”
- Bat: a quick blink of the eye. “We pulled a good one on Dale. You should have seen him he was so shocked he didn’t even bat an eye!”
- Beside oneself: confused or worried. “I was beside myself! Don’t you ever stay out like that again with out calling me or your Daddy.”
- Black dark: night time. “Now that the times changed its black dark by 6:30.”
So how did you do? I hear and use all of this month’s words on a regular basis in my area of Appalachia. Chatter and Chitter use backhand in a slightly different manner-as well as the one given.
They are both fond of offering backhanded compliments in a teasing manner to each other and then laughing about them. When I asked them for a definition of a backhanded compliment, Chatter said “It’s when you think someone is going to compliment you but instead they insult you in a roundabout way.”