Appalachia Appalachian Dialect

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 33

Time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test-take it and see how you do. This month it’s all about the put.

  1. Put it on
  2. Put no store by
  3. Put out
  4. Put in mind
  5. Put it off on



  1. Put it on-delegating a task. “Last Sunday at church they put it on that new man to run Bible School. I say we don’t know him well enough to let him do it but nobody paid me any mind.”
  2. Put no store by-to not have confidence or faith in. “I told them I put no store in a man that runs around in short britches doing women’s work like it was a play party.”
  3. Put out-production of vegetables/fruit/etc.; aggravated/mad at someone; to start a trip. “My squash haven’t put out hardly nothing this year. Pap says he hasn’t’ seen nearly as many bees and he thinks thats whats wrong with my squash. Or “I’m put out with her. I don’t even want to hear her name. She acted like she was so high and mighty when I know she growed up just like I did!”
  4. Put in mind-to remind. “When I saw his little dirty face and bare feet, it put me in mind of the days when I played in the dirt making mud pies with not a care in the world.”
  5. Put it off on-to blame someone else; to delegate a task. “He was the one who should’ve been in trouble. Instead when the law came nosing around he put those stolen cows off on his poor old momma, saying “why they’re in her pasture.”

So how did you do? I’m familar with all 5 uses of the word put. In fact I use all of them except number 2 myself. Hope you’ll leave me a comment and let me know how you did on the test.




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    July 10, 2011 at 10:56 am

    This is on of your more interesting test for me. At first it didn’t seem that I was familiar when them or at least very unsure of what I thought they might be. But then reading the phrases in context, oh ya, I know these, might not use all of them but they were phases used in my childhood.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    July 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Put on
    To pretend, to pose as
    What she did was a big put on. She wasn’t sincere. She did that for pure show.
    And another, coupled with a preposition,
    Put up
    To permit to happen, or to cover over
    He had to put up a lot of money to make the down payment for his house.
    I knowed all along what he said was just a put up; the truth’s not in him.
    (Yes, I do know good grammar; but so often in Appalachia, we say it as it comes to mind, or as we’ve heard our precious expressions!)
    Thanks for the good job you’re doing!
    Have a good weekend!

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    Miss Cindy
    July 8, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Heard them all, many times!
    I don’t use #2 but on occasion use the rest.

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    July 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Use all but #2. Very impressed with Chitter and Chatter’s blacksmithing creations. Nice to see young people interested in learning new things and enjoying it.

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    July 7, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I have heard and use all but number 2. I’m not too sure I’ve ever heard that one.

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    Suzi Phillips
    July 6, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    Use all of them, including #2. My grandmaw was born in the 1880’s & she didn’t put no store in alot of newfangled things- it’s a phrase that I’ve always used & I’m kinda put out that no one else does!

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    July 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for the comment! You were right-the first photo is part of a plant hanger the girls made-you hang it on the wall then hang a pot from it. The next photo is of 2 hooks they made-you can hang whatever you want on those : )
    Blind Pig The Acorn
    Celebrating and Preserving the
    Culture of Appalachia

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    July 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I knew them all except for #1.

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    July 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Well Tipper, I have used them all. I am just Put Out that she got off on those charges, you know she put it off on her daddy, it puts in mind of the OJ thang, you know she was out havin a good time, so you cant put no store by anything she says. I imagine all that crying & carrying on was just all put on

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    July 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    2 and 4 i am familiar with and have used, the other two are new for me

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    July 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I guess the only one we use is “put out” as in aggravation. These make me think of our “opposites”. Love them!!

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    July 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Nice Appalachian Word test and I’ve heard and used them all.
    Seems to me the pictures above are
    from Chitter and Chatter’s samples
    from Blacksmitting School. They
    have took and put a nice twist on
    those pieces of hot rolled steel
    bars, and I’m amazed at how flat
    they kept them…Ken

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    Larry Proffitt
    July 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Tipper , we use them all here. Larry Proffitt

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    July 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I am slowly learning the Applachain words through your site. However, the new ‘blacksmiths’ in your family intrigued my curiosity. I wonder if something will be hung from the second ones – they look rather interesting. The first one looks like it could be some form of outside garden decoration. Okay – what will the girls do with their special creations?

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    July 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Numbers 1, 3, and 5 are unfamiliar to me. We do say that one thing puts us in mind of another though, and things we put no faith in are as common as air!

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    Debby Brown
    July 6, 2011 at 11:08 am

    I’ve used or heard all of them, but I usually have heard or said.. “I was put in a mind of…. such and such. ” Always added that “in a” words on there too.

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    July 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Oh what talent those two young smithy’s have!
    I can’t say I’ve heard any of those terms. Guess we are just too far north. LOL
    Tell Chit and Chat to keep up the good work.

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    Barbara Johnson
    July 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Know and use them all…

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    Wanda Devers
    July 6, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Use all but “put no store by”. In fact, I have to “put up” a ton of green beans today. Like to have died picking then even though we waited till very late yesterday. Got one more row to go. Probably got three cannings at least. Lord have mercy quick!

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    John R
    July 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

    My granny used these on a daily basis. Thanks for sparking the good memories.

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    B. Ruth
    July 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

    First…let’s get those girls a blacksmithy shop built beside the barn…If they made those pieces pictured, and I bet they did, they look pretty darn “spiffy”! I see lots of hammered wrought iron in the future..I would love a door knocker myownself, plant hanger or three, kitchen pot hanger and etc.etc.
    Now then,
    #2..we would say mostly “put no faith in, or trust in” instead of store..
    #3…I have one late spring bush that is finally “putting out” new growth..
    Have heard or used the rest #1,#4,#5 and #6….
    What!! No number 6..Uhhh, sorry must be the “fireworks head-buzz” that I’ve been “putting up with” since the fourth!
    Thanks Tipper,

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    July 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    well that didn’t work right, did it:( it was supposed to read something like “i use put no store in more than either put it (off) on, but how about adding a put to descriptions? my cousin (florida, not appalachia) begins every verbal recipe description with “you take and you put…”

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    July 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

    i use put no store more than the two put beginning directions by addine a put? my cousin (florida, not apalachia) begins every verbal recipe description with “you take and you put…”

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    Jim Casada
    July 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Tipper–As is usually the case, these are intimately familiar to me. An alternative and off color definition of “put out” which I’ve heard all my life involves a loose woman sharing her sexual favors.
    Also, “put up” is a common usage with two distinct meanings. “I know you’ve got to be a saint to put up with the garrulousness of the loquacious young ladies with the apt monikers of Chitter and Chatter” :), and “We have been spending most of the morning putting up crowder peas.”
    Fun, as these ventures in mountain talk invariably are.
    Jim Casada

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    John Dilbeck
    July 6, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Good morning, Tipper.
    I’m familiar with and have used all of these, although it has been awhile since I have said #2 and #4.
    I heard these phrases and said them a lot more often when I was younger than I do now.
    I had an uncle who used to say, “put no stock in,” and used it in a sentence just like you describe in #2.
    This was another fun quiz.

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    Mike McLain
    July 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Never heard “Put out” use that way. I always heard “output” instead. I have heard the rest, though.

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    Wanda in NoAla
    July 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

    We use all of things. Another way to use ‘put out’….girls with loose morals were said to do so 🙂

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    Wayne Newton
    July 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Tipper, I know all of those phrases, but in Wiregrass Country we used:
    Set’n out–for planting tobacco, cabbage, pepper, tomatoes, etc,
    Put’n in–for gathering tobacco.
    Most south GA Crackers don’t put a “g” at the end of any word.
    There are a few differences in how we say a word, but I’m married to a Union County girl, and she is still working on me.

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    July 6, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I definitely use all but number 2 also. Plenty of folks use it though so I have heard it. Gosh I love Appalachian-speak!

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    teresa atkinson
    July 6, 2011 at 8:51 am

    we use all but put no store by…..

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