Appalachia Sayings from Appalachia

Appalachian Sayings – Proud to be Here


I’m proud to be here.


proud adjective
Pleased, delighted.
1895 Edson and Fairchild Tenn Mts 373 She will be proud to have her tooth stop aching. 1917 Kephart Word-list 416 = pleased. “I was proud to hear from you.” 1937 Hall Coll. “I’m proud to see you” = a common greeting. 1939 Hall Coll. Bradley Fork NC I’m proud that the sun, moon, and stars are where they are at. Else man would try to change’em and mess’em up. (Alden Carver) ibid. Copeland Creek TN When one’s gone, the t’other’s proud of it. (Margaret Parton, speaking of her twin boys) 1962 Dykeman Tall Woman 61 Let me quieten him and then he’ll be ever so proud to see his father. 1970 Hall Witchlore 1 The mountain man, now safely away, answered “I’m mighty damn proud (glad) of it.” 1975 Chalmers Better 65 He is proud, instead of glad. 1999 Hodges Tough Customers 115 You know it’d cost me to get somebody to come up here and tote then off, and I’d sure be proud to get rid of them.

~Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English


Using the word proud as in the definition above is still very common in my part of Appalachia. Just the other day someone said “Chitter sure is proud of her crocheting.” They didn’t mean she thought it was the best crocheting anyone had ever done. They meant she was delighted that she’d learned how to create something out of yarn.

I’m proud to be here on the Blind Pig and The Acorn with all of you-sharing our love for Appalachia and preserving what we can along the way.



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    Bill Harris
    November 1, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Just yesterday my cousin from Mississippi texted me, in reference to our cousin who was almost burned out of their house but can now return, “Proud to hear that he still has his home.” Living in CA for 35 yrs and away from the south I had almost forgotten this use of the word “Proud”. Made me homesick.

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    September 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Leilani-thank you for the comment! Yes I’m familiar with that usage-like “I’m not to proud to admit it when I need help.” Or “I’m not too proud to wear them just because they aren’t in style because they’re good shoes!”
    Have a great evening : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    September 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I’m glad – or maybe I’m proud? – to learn this use of the word, because I’ve never heard it used this way and I might have mistaken someone’s meaning one day. Very interesting, Tipper!

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    September 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Sure is interesting. Can’t remember ever hearing “proud” used that way.
    God bless.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I think I know the work ooshie. I used to hear preteen girls use it when describing something horrible they had just managed to escape from or even when they just thought about. Ooshie should be accompanied by a shiver to be authentic.

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    Suzi Phillips
    September 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    You should be mighty proud of that pretty picture!

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    b. Ruth
    September 11, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I shore was proud to get my comment to think it might post…
    Yep, I’m proud to be an American, on this day…so proud of all the emergency folks that gave their lives and saved lives on this (horrible) memorial anniversary..
    Also, stopped today to buy some “peaches and cream” corn! He said, “Well this is my last field and picken’ and hit will be gone fer this year!” He was proud of hit, fer it was nearly 6.00 a dozen…whew!
    Tell Lorie Thompson that “I don’t know “ooshie” is, but I’ve seed her in town at the store ’bout every day or so!”
    Loved this post Tipper and loved your picture….just a beautiful young woman with a plan!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    September 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    I’m proud to know and be associated with the originator and producer of Blind Pig and the Acorn. She’s a beautiful, intelligent, talented and industrious lady. She teaches us every day as much as we could learn if we were all going to school. And how comely and assued she is. If you do not believe it, just take a look at a recent picture. It surely does her proud!

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    Bill Burnett
    September 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    At my age I’m proud to be anywhere as long as it’s above ground.

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    September 11, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    I’m mighty proud to peek in on the Blind Pig nearly every day!

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    September 11, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    I am proud to be a part of this wonderful Blind Pig Family!

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    Leilani Worrell
    September 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Are you familiar with the use of proud as in, “I ain’t too proud to” (sample, sit on the floor, have another piece of pie? My mom used this expression (she grew up in southern Illinois, across the river from St. Louis, MO) and I grew up with it but my husband (an Air Force child) had never heard of it.

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    Ed Ammons
    September 11, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Proud can also mean to stand out or stand tall, ie stand proud. It doesn’t mean you are proud of yourself but that others see something in you that distinguishes you from those in your company. You radiate something that draws attention to you. Sometimes you don’t even know it. You and your blog are that definition of proud. You stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Simplicity, wit, wisdom and humility are traits of yours that don’t make you proud of yourself but would make most others proud to be you.
    I am proud to have known you!

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    Wanda Devers
    September 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    My sister-in-law did her first pressure canning this year & our mother-in-law said, “She sure is proud of her beans.” I helped her can them so I’m proud of them, too!

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    Peggy Lambert
    September 11, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Great post as usual Tipper and I am so proud of having it each day for us to read and learn from. I wasn’t so proud to hear my Ortho. Doc. tell me last week my broke leg wasn’t healing and I would have to wear this cam- boot for 4 or 5 more weeks. This has been from 17 July and is getting to be old business. But, I’m proud to have good doctors and medical care and I’m not complaining. I’ll just keep on hopping around on my walker and crutch and try not to put my full weight on it. My good friend Mary Wahchacha take us to Jackson Co. Gen. Society last night to hear and see Wendy Myers presentation about the town Judson under the Fontana. She did a great job and is saving all these stories and pictures and also works with Don Cassada.
    Peggy L.

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    Lorie Thompson
    September 11, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I read your blog with delight! Your Appalachian sayings surprise me, since I did not know most of
    them are specific to this area. It is just the way we have always talked. How about “ooshie”?

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    September 11, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    “Mighty proud to be here” is sometimes used as a parody by band front men. …. Similarly,are you familiar with the expression “proud as punch”? It was common during my childhood and goes as far back as the 16th century “Punch and Judy” violent puppet show.

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    September 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    I’m just proud to call you “my
    friend.” …Ken

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    Roy Pipes
    September 11, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I’m proud – is a common term in the Appalachian Mountains.
    I’m as proud as punch

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    C. Ron Perry, Sr.
    September 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I’m proud that you posted the photo of you today. Make that your profile photo.

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    Chuck Howell
    September 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    “I’m proud of your new refrigerator for you.” My Dad from Daybook N C. You are very pretty. I’m proud of the picture for you.

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    September 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

    When using “proud” in reference to self, I most likely would mean “honored” as in “I am proud to be your child’s teacher” or “I’m proud to speak before this group.” Other times “proud” would mean a simpler “pleased” as in “I am proud to have completed the race” although that one could either refer to pleasant satisfaction or to elevated confidence and self worth. But when talking about another person’s sense of being, I might say “He must be mighty proud of those peaches based on the price he’s charging.” That one’s kind of a double edged sword with the peach grower truly proud of his or her produce but the buyer being a bit snarky whether about the grower’s attitude, the quality of the produce, or both!
    Sheesh – who woulda thunk it! That word discussions could get so lengthy; but using the exact word in just the right way can be really tricky. Recently I was in a discussion about “wry” vs “dry” humor; and, not too long ago, the proper use of the word “sorry” – sympathy, apology, or sarcasm . . . .

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    Ken Ryan
    September 11, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Love the picture. And thank you for your dedication to your readers and to your culture.

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    September 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

    …And I’m proud you came to set on the porch and visit this mornin’…

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    September 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

    I’m proud to be able to read Blind Pig…… each and every day! I’m also proud to be living in the USA and to have attained my current age. I’m proud to be able to say, “Good morning!” to all your readers and your family.

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    Brian Blake
    September 11, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Thanks for this well-put explanation of regional Appalachian terminology, which might be obscure or misinterpreted elsewhere.

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    Mike McLain
    September 11, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Of course, Minnie Pearl immortalized, “I’m just so proud to be hyare!”.
    Sometimes, the phrase, “He sure is proud of his corn.” means that he is charging an unusually high price for it.

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    Gina S
    September 11, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I’m proud to read your words. They reminded me of ‘journey proud’ and ‘proud flesh.’ Proud as a peacock also comes to mind. Wish you and your family a lovely weekend.

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    Ron Stephens
    September 11, 2015 at 8:35 am

    You remind me of Minnie Pearl’s signature line. “I’m so proud to be here.” I think I probably heard proud used in the Appalachian sense growing up ten times or more for every use of it to mean self-glorification.
    I expect to outlanders we have been confusing from time to time. In tech school I had a teacher from PA who asked for volunteers to run a germination test on some seed. I told him ‘I didn’t care to help’ him without any thought of how he might understand it. He was affronted until I explained, naturally.
    We’re proud you are here to.

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    Ann Applegarth
    September 11, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Definitely! Often it is “real proud” as in “Mary’d be real proud if you all could stay for supper.” Also “proud as punch” as in “I’m proud as punch that you write this blog, Miss Tipper.”

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    Ray P Algee
    September 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

    Tipper, great picture! Thanks for sharing! Ray

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    Miss Cindy
    September 11, 2015 at 7:30 am

    Yep, I’m just so proud to be here today. This one is so deeply ingrained in me that I forget it’s just our way of expressing here in Appalachia and not used everywhere.

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    Henry Horton
    September 11, 2015 at 7:16 am

    And proud that you do. And thanks for so much the learning of it.

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    Sheryl Paul
    September 11, 2015 at 7:12 am

    I still say proud for delighted, I grew up hearing my family say this and it isn’t something that was forgotten like so many other sayings.

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    Eleanor L. Ohio
    September 11, 2015 at 7:09 am

    You can be “proud” of that picture, too, Tipper. It’s lovely, just as you are. God’s blessings.
    Eleanor L. Ohio

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