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. Wampus cat: a large catlike creature that is the subject of folk tales. “You better be careful out there in the dark. I heerd there was a wampus cat roaming around eating cattle.”
2. Warsh: wash. “If you’ll warsh I’ll dry and we’ll have this mess cleaned up lickety split.”
3. Washy: diluted, weak. “The Deer Hunter can’t abide washy coffee. He takes his coffee black and so strong you might just stand a case knife up in it.”
4. Weak trembles: tremor; general weakness of the body; anxiety; nausea; dizziness. “Granny used to give us a sup of coke and a bite of biscuit or soda crackers if we got the weak trembles.”
5. Weed dust: pollen. “When I was a girl weed dust never bothered me one bit but about four years ago it started bothering me something terrible especially at certain times of the year.”
Hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know how you did on the test. Not many folks talk about wampus cats today in my area nor do they call pollen weed dust.
Last night’s video: The 20th Century is Already Over in Appalachia.