Its been a while since we had an Appalachian Grammar lesson so I thought one would be good for today’s post. Only I couldn’t think of an Appalachian grammar usage to point out. Lucky for me I can always turn to my Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English for ideas.
According to the dictionary, adding a ‘s’ suffix to verbs to indicate agreement with a third-person-plural subject is common in the Smoky Mountain region of Appalachia.
I must admit its been way to long since I had a grammar teacher, and just thinking about the sentence above makes my brain hurt.
But once I read the examples given by the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English I at least knew the grammar usage is still very common in my neck of the woods. See if it is around your area:
- 1954 It’s where people gathers up and shucks corn, in the fall when they get the corn gathered.
- 1973 That’s the way cattle feeds. They feed together.
- 1989 Things changes so much anymore.
- 1999 Me and Tunney Moore and all the Moore Family goes back many years.
The sentences all came from the dictionary, but I can hear myself saying each of them because that’s exactly how I talk.
Hope you’ll leave me a comment and let me know if using a ‘s’ suffix in your area is common too.