Appalachian Dialect

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 8

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Time for this month’s Vocabulary Test. This month’s words are:

  1. Dab
  2. Dope
  3. Doins
  4. Done
  5. Drug


The last two words-are more Appalachian in their usage rather than in their meaning. Personally I’m so used to them being used incorrectly it’s hard for me to fathom that it’s wrong-see what you think.

  1. Dab-a small amount of something. “Believe I’ll have me a dab more of that good fresh corn.”
  2. Dope-a coke/pepsi. “For lunch I stopped by Clay’s for a Dope and a pack of crackers.”
  3. Doins-a special function/gathering/party. “I heard they’re having some kind of doins over at the community center-are you going?”
  4. Done-used in the past tense instead of the correct past perfect tense. “I done the dishes for Mother.” (should be did instead of done)
  5. Drug-used in the past tense instead of the correct past perfect tense. “He drug the log down to the woodpile.” (should be dragged instead of drug)

Hope you’ll leave me a comment with your thoughts about this month’s words. I use all the words-except Dope-I call all carbonated beverages coke-not sure if that’s an Appalachian trait or a Southern Trait.


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    Joe Mode
    June 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I have heard all of these and use most of these regularly except “dope” and “doins.” May use dope just playing around, but here in East Tennessee many people like myself use the term “coke” to refer to all soft drinks. Drives my boys crazy. We may also just say, “Would you care for a cold drink?”

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    Virginia Cornue
    June 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I read through all the vocab lists and 40 years after leaving NC for Yankee land and some 55 years after leaving the mountains for the piedmont, I know and still use most of the words on the list. OMG as my 14 year old would say!!! Language gets in there and stays. I use aims to or aiming to all the time.

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    Joan J
    June 11, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Same as most, I’ve heard them all except dope. For New Englanders, carbonated beverages are “soda” and sometimes “tonic”. Here in Ohio, it’s “Pop”, which I still can’t get used to. Another New England word in the D category – “Dow” – it’s the New Hampshire way to say “No”. Ay-yuh, it is.

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    Miss Cindy
    June 10, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Yep, know them all. But I recall dope being RC Dope.
    I love these tests. I’ve never done too well with tests but I seem to always get 100 on yours. lol

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    June 10, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Coke as a generic term for cola is deserved, I guess. Though I have to say I love Pepsi and the new look of the can.
    Drug is so sensible it is almost silly. Oh for a few more regular verbs in our world.

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    June 10, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Glad to hear you don’t call cokes, “Pop” Around here they are all sodas.

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    June 9, 2009 at 9:32 am

    My momma was an English teacher so you can bet your boots I didn’t use done in that manner or I wudda been done!
    I’d rather hear people call Coke and Pepsi dope rather than soda. Soda is the clear unflavored stuff splashed on a bourbon or used to sparkle up juice. But since so many Californians have invaded my space I have learned to hand them a cold twelve-ounce can of sumpin’ from the fridge when they say, “do you have any soda?” But it is the most inhospitably thing done here, I’d rather be drug through the mud and I ain’t a lyin’ Funny how somethings can just git under a person’s skin, eh?

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    Fishing Guy
    June 8, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Tipper: I agree with you on the ones I have used but all soft drinks are pop.

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    Greta Koehl
    June 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    Same as the others here – all but dope. Some of my Dad’s Texas relatives refer to soft drinks as “sodie pop.” And “done” for “did” includes emphatic sentences: “He already done went there.”

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    June 8, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Love your vocabulary test. I know all of these except for dope, which I’ve never heard used to refer to coke or pepsi.
    The photos are great.
    Re the poppies that I have…they are red Oriental poppies and like well-drained soil. The area where they are has lots of stones and rocks in it. They’ve always done well there.
    Have a great week.

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    June 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I must be Applachian even though I have lived in Texas…because I have grown up listening to these same words used the same way! LOL. Love it! blessings,Kathleen

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    June 8, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Yes, I knew the meanings for all of these mountains terms. I heard folks call soft drinks or cokes “dopes” all the time when I was growing up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve heard and still hear many people use the other words often when they talk. It’s a way of life here in the mountains. I loved this posting!

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    Nancy Simpson
    June 8, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Tipper, Good test. I’ve heard them all. I’ve also heard done as already. I’ve done finished.

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    Sallie Covolo
    June 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    “Coca-Cola did once contain an estimated nine milligrams of cocaine per glass, but in 1903 it was removed”..from Wikipedia..
    I suspect this is why it was sometimes known as “dope”

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    June 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve heard/read the last two but all the others are new too me 🙂

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    Sallie Covolo
    June 8, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I have heard “co-cola” called dope. Dad used to say the secret ingredient in coke
    was cocaine! Hence it tickled your nose.

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    TAS mania
    June 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

    hi tipper, keep it comin’ i traveled thru your blog a bit and love your premise. take what is true in the past and weavin’ it into the future. that’s the flow…. I am interested in the wooley -wooly woolie worm and the folklore around it. got any experience with the wooley worm? – do know most of these words, i’m guessing that most of my neighbors growing up moved up north as in northern indiana…. from the appals. so doin, drug and dab and done are familiar and slip out every once in awhile.
    I like this new follow me thing on typepad… not sure all the capabilities yet but … like like that we are connected via being bloggers. look 4 more from U. tRAcy

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    June 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

    I use them all but dope…never heard it used that way. We called it Coke in the deeper south and pop here in WV. I’d say that’s a southern thing, not an Appalachian thing…

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    June 8, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I have or do use them all, except dope. In WV, we called it pop. Here in SC, it’s coke.
    Drug is not a word? And here I thought I had perfect english. tee hee
    Love those pictures!

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    June 8, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Don’t think I ever said dope, but all the rest I have said. In Oklahoma, all sodas are called coke. It goes like this. Someone asks if you want a coke. You say, “Yes”. Then they say, “What kind?” You say, “Dr. Pepper.”
    When I was little in West Virginia, all sodas were called pop, which is what I say now.
    I’m having fun with your vocabulary tests.
    Blessings, Annie

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    June 8, 2009 at 3:57 am

    i love these words!
    we have some big variations in language over here, from county to county, complete with accents of course.
    me and my mum have very strong Hampshire accents, mum was brought up in Portsmouth while i was brought up here in the new forest. mum’s is very distinctive because a real Portsmouth accent is very similar to ‘cockney’…she will say ‘dooze’ instead of ‘does’ or ‘do’, as in ‘thats what i dooze’ instead of ‘thats the way i do it’! its quite something to listen to!

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    June 8, 2009 at 12:45 am

    So, do you have fixins at the doins and when you take the leftovers home have a dab of them?

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    Carolyn A.
    June 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve heard these used even in the ‘big harsh’, except for Dope. Never heard that one before.
    I remember us going to our Aunt Peggy’s house with our grandmother. She sent me to the local general store for some sodas and that’s what I asked for. The lady tried to give me a box of baking soda. When I explained I wanted some cokes she said, ‘Oh, you want some pop.’
    Thanks for the rememberings. xxoo

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    June 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I know, and use, them all this month except for “dope” as well. Have never heard that one. To me all soft drinks are “pop”, though when I lived in northern California for a few years, everyone called it “soda” instead.

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    June 7, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I also use and have heard all of them except dope. We say pop here in Oklahoma.

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    June 7, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    I have also used and heard all of them except “dope”. We call it pop here in Okla.

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    June 7, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    Here in Michigan, all soft drinks are “pop”. I’ve heard all of these words used as you illustrated.

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    June 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Yes, all of these are very familiar. I use them all except for ‘dope’.

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    Sheila Bergeron
    June 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    I’ve heard them all except dope. Down here they say cocola or soda’ and my Daddy says sodie-pop.

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    Nancy M.
    June 7, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Yep, I have heard almost all of them, except Dope. I don’t know that one.

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    Jay Henderson
    June 7, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    ‘”He drug the log down to the woodpile.” (should be dragged instead of drug)’
    You must be pullin’ my laig!
    * * *
    In my bailiwick, old-timers, and many middle-aged-timers, still use “trade” as most people use “shop” – – e.g.: “We traded at Artley’s on Saturday.” Also, they don’t use “trade” in the sense of “exchange” – – they use “swap” – – e.g., “I swapped out the motor from my old truck.”

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    Just Jackie
    June 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’ve been guilty of using all of the words except “dope” All soft drinks were “pop” I like red pop the best. I’ve never figured out what flavor red pop is but I love it. 🙂 I love your new pictures. I had someone in Carolina Crafting the other day that had seen your pictures on your blog and she had wanted one.

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    June 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I sure do use them all, but the dope one. We use that when someone does something stupid. Like, “That dope just drug the wrong log to the sawmill after I done told him what to do. We are always have to dab something on around here, more than likely, Vic’s Salve or turpentine.
    Cokes are all soft drinks this way too. A man on t.v. this morning had said something about coke, and he meant cocaine. I told my husband I never associate coke with that, it is always a soft drink. I think that is a much nicer thought, don’t you?
    Have a great day.

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    Kim Campbell
    June 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    I knew all but “dope”. Everyone here in Texas calls all carbonated beverages “coke” as well. I refer to them as “soda” “pop” or “sodapop” so I don’t get teased. lol!

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    June 7, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Ditto on the “dope” and “coke” thing. All of the others were very familiar to me. I need to start using them more, though I am afraid folks wouldn’t understand me!

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    June 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I generalize soft drinks as pop, and when in Texas as soda. Do you suppose dope came from when Coke actually contained a drug? Oh, and I have often looked like something “the cat drug in”.

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    June 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I had to laugh at this one. I realized I just used “drug” on one of my recent blog posts. I’m sorry but dragged just doesn’t sound right. Unless someone is dragging, which means to me that they are feeling tired or “plum wore out”. I used the rest of the words too, except for “dope”. I’ve heard it used by older folks. I grew up using “coke” to mean any brand of soft drink.

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    June 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Yep, I know all of them this time and the only ones I don’t use are dope and done. My husband uses done though.

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    June 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I always love reading these..makes me think of my family 🙂

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    petra michelle
    June 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Morning Tipper! Love the word coke for all beverages. It’s probably synonymous with saying I’m making a xerox when making a copy of something. And I’ll be using doins from hereonin. Love it!
    Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! :))

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    June 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    All are familiar except Dope,never heard it.

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    Julie Curtis
    June 7, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Yes, I use and hear them all except calling a coke “dope”. And you’re exactly right, all soft drinks are cokes!

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