Appalachian Dialect

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 18



Ready for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test? Hope so-cause it’s time for it. Since I couldn’t seem to come up with many ‘I’ words-I’m including 2 phrases that start with ‘I’.

  1. Ill
  2. Infare
  3. Innards
  4. Is all
  5. In a great while


  1. Ill-sick, angry. “I wouldn’t say nothing to her if I was you-she sure is ill about something. She bit my head off as soon as I stepped in the kitchen.”
  2. Infare-wedding celebration. “I hear they had a big infare over in Franklin for the preacher’s daughter.”
  3. Innards-insides, organs, guts, intestines. “A coyote got the calf. It had pulled it’s innards all over the pasture.”
  4. Is all-used in place of ‘that’s all’. “She just played one tune is all. We was hoping she’d play a whole lot.”
  5. In a great while-a long period of time. “I haven’t had sorghum syrup in a great while. But I aim to get me some this year.”

I hear and use all the words this month-except infare. I’ve read about infares in books-but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone use the word around here. How did you do? Hope you’ll leave me a comment and tell me which ones you’re familiar with.


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    April 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Infare is new to me, the others were familiar.

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    April 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I have heard and used all except infare. Never heard that one before.

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    April 18, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Infare isn’t one that I’ve ever even heard and I’ve never used ill to describe being upset, only sick. The rest I’ve heard and regulary use.
    Another fun one! Thanks Tipper~

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    April 17, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i missed infare, never heard that one. i like these test, most of them are really famialr to me, keep them comin

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    April 17, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I did great this week. I knew 4 out of the 5.

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    Fishing Guy
    April 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Tipper: I knew all but number two, that just is pronounce wrong.

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    April 17, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I can usually keep up with a few of your Ap. vocab. but this time the only one I had ever heard was in a great while. These are fun.

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    Pat in east TN
    April 17, 2010 at 6:26 am

    I was just reading a John Parris book and ran across ‘infare’ … I had never heard that before.

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    Nancy M.
    April 17, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I’ve never heard the second one, but the rest I’ve heard and used. I use ill a lot and my friend from California is always asking if I mean sick or angry. Lol! It’s usually angry!

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    B. Ruth
    April 16, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    My Grandmother used to say “Well, heard they had a big “affair” over at the school!….or “There was some big doings” or something down the road!”
    Maybe I misunderstood her and she was using infare..instead of affair….LOL…
    All the others we use pretty much use all the time…
    There’s another…
    ‘purty much’…what the heck is that…LOL….but “purty much has been passed down to me too…
    Does it mean “much” is pretty…or we wouldn’t say it if it was ugly much…LOL …or many times useing something would be pretty often…but then not used often should be ugly much…LOL

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    April 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Tipper, Being an Appalachian gal (born and raised in southwest VA) —I have heard and said all of them except the “infare” one.. I have never heard that word—EVER.
    Very interesting… I love the Appalachian dialect. I did a blog once talking about the dialect —and I ‘offended’ one of my friends who still lives in my hometown. I love the dialect—but she took it wrong… Oh Well!!!

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    Jay Henderson
    April 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    “p.s. Did you ever fight chickens with wildflowers? Drop back by for the details-I’ll give you a hint-it involves violets.”
    Where chickens are concerned, I am an advocate of non-violets. ;>)

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    Jay Henderson
    April 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Tipper — I knew all of these except infare, which I looked up in my crumbling but still authoritative copy of Merriam-Webster’s New International Dictionary (India Paper Edition 1913), which says this: infare is from an Anglo-Saxon word, infaer, meaning “entrance.” Definition 1: A going in; entrance. ~Obsolete.~ Definition 2: A housewarming; esp. a reception, party, or entertainment given by a newly married couple, or by the husband upon receiving the wife into his house. ~Scot., Dial. English, & Local, U.S.~
    Quaint word — harking back to the days when a man was expected to have a house when he got married (not just a room in his parents’ basement). Like many Appalachian English words, it was a respectable usage in Scottish English — and I assume “Local, U.S.” refers to Appalachia.
    Many thanks for the link — Jay

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    April 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Sheryl-to see the rest of the tests-look on the right side of this page under catagories-click on Appalachian Dialect and you’ll be able to see all of the tests.
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    April 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    We use “innards” a lot around our house, mostly for Chicken guts!

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    Vicki Lane
    April 16, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Like you say, all are familiar except infare and I’ve seen it in books too.

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    April 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    hey Tipper, I knew them all except infares. I enjoyed catching up today, I haven’t been online much this past week. Gardening and the chickens have been keeping me most busy these days. Take care, T

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    Brenda Kay Ledford
    April 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    As always I enjoy taking your Appalachian vocabulary test. This reminds me of many of the old-time sayings I heard when growing up here in WNC. Your blog sure is a joy to visit. I saw in the newspaper where you, Chitter and Chatter attended the dance festival at Berea College. That sounds super! Glad you were able to go and have a lot of fun.

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    Wanda in Northwest Alabama
    April 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I have heard and use them all except infare.
    I love these tests! Keep them coming! Please.
    Wanda in NA

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 16, 2010 at 9:11 am

    I love it, I had never heard infare before either, but have used or heard the rest. Do you have 1-17 posted somewhere?

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    Julie at Elisharose
    April 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

    3-5 for sure. Maybe 1. Never 2.
    : )

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    Miss Cindy
    April 16, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Tipper, I’ve never heard “infare” but know the rest of them. I can’t believe this is number 18 in our vocabulary tests!
    I’m especially frond of innards I also call them intrails especially when talking to some of my friends from the more northern parts of the country. That’s almost guaranteed to get me a “ewwww” from them.
    Been called ill a few times in my
    Never heard of fighting chickens with flowers. My imagination could run away with that one!

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