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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 52

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 52

It’s time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test-take it and see how you do.

  1. Disfurnish
  2. Disregardless
  3. Do around
  4. Dough beater
  5. Draw up

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 52 2


  1. Disfurnish: to inconvenience. “I’ll appreciate the help, but I don’t want nobody to disfurnish theirselves on account of me.”
  2. Disregardless: regardless. “Disregardless of what he says I am not going to spend the night down there! I’m a coming home to my own bed and that’s the end of it.”
  3. Do around: to work; keep busy. “You go on down to the garden and get started. I’m going to do around here then I’ll be down directly.”
  4. Dough beater: a wife. “Don’t worry about tracking in mud, that’s what I got a dough beater for she’ll clean up the mess.”
  5. Draw up: for clothes to shrink. “Don’t put that sweater in the dryer or it’ll draw up.”

I love all of this month’s words-my thoughts:

*Disfurnish-I’ve never heard anyone say this word-BUT one of you left a comment about your grandmother using the word. If it was you-please chime in and tell us about it in a comment.

*Disregardless-this one snuck up on me. When I came across it I thought “You mean that isn’t a real word? Well I bet I don’t say it. Oh my goodness I do say it! Doesn’t everyone else say it too? No apparently not.”

*Do around-Granny says this one all the time. She’s always doing around the house so she can get to her crocheting.

*Dough beater-the only person I’ve heard say this one is The Deer Hunter-so I’m claiming it’s a Haywood County thing. Don’t worry-The Deer Hunter only uses dough beater in a teasing manner.

*Draw up-another one that snuck up on me. Does the rest of the world not say draw up to describe clothes that shrink?

Please leave me a comment and tell me how you did on the test!



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    Darlene Kimsey
    March 10, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I use “draw up” before we have a bad storm. I “draw up” some water so we can flush the toilet if we lose power. I usually just fill the spare tub with water. I think this is from the “Queen’s English”. I’ve heard of people asking someone to “draw” them a bath.

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    Lonnie L. Dockery
    March 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

    “Draw up” is the only one I knew.

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    March 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Nary a one this time!

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    Suzi Phillips
    March 5, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Don’t know if it’s a Haywood County thing or not, Tipper. Mitchell does not disregard his health so he has never disfurnished me in that manner. I’d say draw up!

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    Peggy Lambert
    March 5, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I have never heard 1, 2, and 4.
    I have used #3 as when the kids ask me to take them some where “I would say, Ive got to much work to do around here”.
    #5. I go to put my jeans on and I’m having a hard time getting them up over my hips and have to lay down on the bed to zip them up. Oh! that George has put my jeans in the dryer again and that makes them draw up or was it the
    mashed potatoes and gravey?
    Peggy L.

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    March 5, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Never heard any of these. I have heard the word Irregardless, but it’s not in Webster’s either.
    God bless.

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    Sheryl Paul
    March 5, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Disfurnish and dough beater are new to me too. Can’t say I like the dough beater one. I agree with Bradley, using that one might get you sent to the ER

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    Susie Swanson
    March 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I’ve heard them all except Dough Beater.. I always heard Dough

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    Patsy Poor
    March 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    God help the man in our family who called his wife daugh beater, no bisquites for him..

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    Patsy Poor
    March 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    draw up is the only one we use in north west arkansas. that might be a hold over from your country since my mothers people the Carpanters and Gaddys made ther way to Denver, Ar. from North Carolina

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    Ed Ammons
    March 5, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    ♪ ♫ It ain’t gonna snow no mo, no mo. It ain’t gonna snow no mo. How in the heck can I break my neck, when it ain’t gonna snow no mo!♫ ♪

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    Sue Crane
    March 5, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I love all your posts but especially enjoy the vocabulary — and I recognize and have used most of them (albeit not the dough beater though). My dad used to tell me (more often than I care to admit)”things better be coming to screeching halt around here or there will be some slow walking and sad singing” I’m ashamed to say how old I was before I realize he was talking about my funeral!!!

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    Glenda Beall
    March 5, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I never heard of dough beater, disregardless or do-around, but I heard my mother say “draw up” all my life. “Don’t use hot water,it’ll make your skirt draw up.”
    One day I’m going to take the time to write down the sayings of my mother. She had some good ones that came from way back.

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    March 5, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I never heard of “disfurnish” or
    “dough beater” before. Maybe I
    wasn’t paying attention, but these
    Appalachian Word Tests are fun.
    Better get ready for some SNOW

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    March 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I get an F this time! I have never heard, or even heard of, any of these words.
    Some folks around here say irregardless, and quite a few of us use working around (or messing around) the house in the same way as do around.
    Beating dough is hard work, I think a man would have to be pretty cautious with a woman who did a lot of it if he was going to call her that! 🙂

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    March 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I usually know all the words on your vocabulary tests. The only one I knew this time was ‘draw up’. I did assume correctly on ‘disregardless’ as I hear people around here use irregardless quite often. Its usually the same ones that say ‘hot water heater’ for the appliance that actually heats cold water.

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    Thomas McClellan
    March 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Ah, goodness. I was just looking for a recipe using cabbage and chorizo, and I found this site. This topic brings back so many good memories of living in E. TN, and visiting my fathers family in SW VA in the 50/60s.
    I’ve heard these or some variation, but not “dough beater”. I suspect even 50 years ago there was a reson I never heard that.

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    March 5, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Love “Test Days”!
    I’ve heard them all except “dough beater”- too funny! My mother has quoted HER grandmother as saying ‘disfurnish’ (from Roane County, TN)- the only person I knew to say it, though I may have seen it written. I don’t know if I might have put it on here before. I have heard (and used) ‘irregardless’, more than ‘disregardless’.

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    Tim Hassell
    March 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I know, use and hear other people use #’s 1,2 and 5. It may have been me that told about my granny using “disfurnish” but many of the people in our “country”, as your Pap would say, use it on a regular basis. It has several nuances of meaning here, the most common is, don’t be overly generous. As in “Yes, I’d like some peaches but don’t disfurnish yourself.” The next most common is as you have used it, don’t inconvenience yourself. The third is, stripped to the bare bones. “I went to my granny’s old homeplace, but it is completely disfurnished. The only thing I could find was the well.”
    I would think that using “Dough beater” refering to any of the women I know and especially in the sentence you gave as an example, would result in (you talk about being disfurnished) ——-well, I just don’t think I know a man brave enough.

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    Barbara Gantt
    March 5, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Alwaysd use draw up for the clothes. I never heard of number1. Now the men in my family call their sleevless T shirts wife beaters. Never heard dough beater. Barbara

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    Rooney Floyd
    March 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I used to say “irregardless” and thought it made perfectly good sense. Someone pointed out that there is no such word and that “regardless”, by itself, already means what I was trying to say with irregardless–so, I don’t use it anymore.

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    March 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I don’t think I use any of these and I am not sure I have heard them either. I usually at least hear some of the vocab but not this time!

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    Jane Bolden
    March 5, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I’ve used “draw up my clothes” all my life. I’m so proper when talking about it in past tense. “The dryer drew up all my pants.”

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    March 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

    My friend had no idea what I meant when I said something had drawed up, but was quick to ask me if I meant drew up. I don’t think I have heard the rest of the words. Reckon The Deer Hunter makes up words trying to confuse us?

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    Kimberly Burnette
    March 5, 2013 at 9:13 am

    The only one that I have ever used or heard is “draw up”! 🙂

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    B. ruth
    March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Disfurnish, I am purty sure of, I never did hear…The rest I have heard, but dough beater not so much.
    I remember having to draw up water before a storm, ’cause during the storm you couldn’t get to the well….naaaa, not really, just joshin’ on that one. We did draw up water when camping, from the lake, a time or two…Now then, in the fifties, when those purty little sweaters,and the matching neck scarf was popular…we hand washed our thin button up sweaters and laid then out on towels, on the car hood to dry. So that they wouldn’t draw up on a hanger or stretch to kingdom come….Sometimes we had to use the outside table too..or picnic table..On a cold winter rainy day, they were laid on the bed or kitchen table. The little neck scarfs we laid under the edge of the sweater so the wind wouldn’t blow them away..They were usually ironed with a cool iron…
    My punkin’ head better half would only call me a dough beater in jest….I think!!
    Thank ye kindly for this post Tipper…such fun!

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    Dan McCarter
    March 5, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Doughbeater and disfurnish are both new to me. The rest are common her in E Tennessee

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    Canned Quilter
    March 5, 2013 at 8:49 am

    I have never heard the word disfurbish or dough beater. The other three I have heard as a child.

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    March 5, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Okay, these were some kind of words and I never heard any of them used. I had a chuckle, a big one at that, for the words ‘dough beater!’ Disregardless may be irregardless as I think they could mean the same thing. The others, well I am truly lost. Thanks for the lesson today!

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    Ron Perry, Sr.
    March 5, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I have heard draw up or rare up used to describe someone who is getting angry.

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    Ron Banks
    March 5, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’ve never heard of #1 and #4 but I know the rest. I tried washing some sweaters for my wife once just to be nice. Didn’t read the little tag inside and put them in the dryer. Guess waht? They drawed up to where the dog could have worn them!

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    March 5, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Well, Tipper, you’ve beat me for fair this time, I’d never heard of ‘disfurnished’ nor disregardless, but ‘dough-beater’ and ‘draw up’ are familiar, but not by much, I admit. ‘Draw up’ is what a coon hide does iffen ye don’t get it on the right-sized stretchin’ board, and if I was t’ call The Mountaineer a dough-beater, she’d prolly put a knot on my haid the size of a banty-aig..

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    March 5, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Yuh got my number! I just keep blaming the dryer for drawing up my clothes instead of getting on the scales.
    I thought disregardless was a word, and the spell check is trying to make me spell it correctly. This makes me wonder how many wonderful Appalachians mutter under their breath while typing a vocabulary word that spell check does not recognize. I am unfamiliar with the rest, and always love your Appalachian vocabulary test.

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    March 5, 2013 at 7:59 am

    Disfurnish was not familiar to me.
    Disregardless, I think, is our mountain lingo for “double emphasis,” like our “double negatives” so frequently used. And as for dough beater, never heard a wife referred to in that manner! Maybe it’s because we are so prone now not to do the bread-making, especially the yeast-rise kind, that our forebears did. Knead, knead, knead–that was the practice then. Enjoy your “vocabulary” days!

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    Miss Cindy
    March 5, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I’ve never heard or used disfurnish. When I saw it I was sure it would mean to get rid of all your furniture.
    The remainder of the words I’ve heard. Thought everyone used draw up.
    Thr Deer Hunter does love to tease, doesn’t he.

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    Ed Ammons
    March 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Ashamedly I must admit “Draw Up” is the only one I know or ever heard tell of. So much for my Appalachian edumucation or the lack thereof.
    The Deer Hunter seems to have a unique collection of unusual words and phrases. Do you have them somewhere on your blog? Deer Hunters Dictionary??

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    Mike McLain
    March 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Heard them all except for “dough-beater”. In today’s “politically correct” times, that one wouldn’t go over well with some wives I know.

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    March 5, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Dear friend,
    I am not familiar with disfurnish or disregardless. I must “do around” at home so I can get to the store early for a few groceries this a.m.Have a happy day!

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    Tim Mc
    March 5, 2013 at 7:04 am

    We use them all but “disfurnish” and “doughbeater”,, Wow,, never thought of the last one, probable a good thing too.. Might turn her into a “Husband beater”…

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    March 5, 2013 at 5:06 am

    I’ve hear them all except dough beater. Now the use of that one around my house would get a feller a quick trip to the nearest trauma center!LOL

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