It’s time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test.
I’m sharing a few videos to let you hear the words and phrases. To start the videos click on them.
1. Tail end of misery: To experience great discomfort or physical suffering. “After working round the clock for several days to clean up the storm damage they looked like the tail end of misery.”
2. Take and: to take; start to. “Take and pour that dishpan out and run and get some fresh water from the spring.”
3. Talky: given to talking; talkative. “The girls got the monikers Chatter and Chitter because they are rather talky. Neither one of them has ever met a stranger. I was way too backward to be talky when I was a young girl.”
4. Tore up: exhausted, worn out emotionally, distracted, broken. “She’s tore up about him leaving her, but I’m hoping time will help her see it was for the best.”
5. Thick: dense with, numerous, plentiful. “The yellow jackets have been so thick this summer that I can’t walk two steps without seeing a half a dozen or more.”
How did you do on the test? I hear thick, tore up, and take and on a daily basis. The tail end of misery is such a wonderful descriptive saying, but I rarely hear anyone say it. And even though I live with two girls who could win the talky award I rarely hear that one either 🙂
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