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Appalachian Dialect

A Skiff of Snow

skiff noun A thin layer, small amount (esp in phr skiff/skift of snow = a light fall of snow). 1834 (in 1956 Eliason Tarheel Talk 294) last night we had a little skift of snow. 1904 Kephart Notebooks 2:600 A thin skift of clouds. 1939 Hall Coll. Cataloochee NC We just got out on top, and there was a little skift of snow a fallin’. (Will Palmer) ibid. Cataloochee NC They was a little skiff of snow, and that was how…

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Scat Scat Cat

scat, scat cat interjection Bless you! (a response to another person’s sneeze). 1983 Broaddus Kentucky Word List 54 = said…

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Adding Suffixes in Appalachia

In Appalachia you’ll often hear folks adding unusual suffixes to their words. Here’s a few examples. -ified fightified girlified prettified…

Swag

A swag above the house a ways A few weeks back Ron Stephens left the following comment: “I wondered the…

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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 119

Granny and Chatter It’s time for this month’s Appalachian Vocabulary Test. I’m sharing a few videos to let you hear the…

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Pieded – Piedy – Pietist

I started writing this post way back in 2015 when Ed and Dan sent me the following questions: Question one…

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Flinderation?

A few days ago Sanford, a Blind Pig reader sent me the following email: “Have you ever heard anyone use…

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The Way We Talk

Chitter and a new friend have been working on a project for the last few weeks. The sweet girl Chitter…