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Appalachian Dialect

Shackledy

Tipper at one of Pap’s old homeplaces shackledy, shackley, shackling, shackly adjective Unsteady, shaky, in poor condition, uncertain, of little account; hence noun = an object or situation in such a condition. 1863 (in 1938 Taliaferro Carolina Humor 74) I tried keepin’ Bible laws a spell while I was in Passen Beller’s church, and made a ding shacklin out of it, certin. 1913 Kephart Our Sthn High 29 Here is a land of lumber wagons, and saddle-bags, and shackly little…

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Joseph S. Hall and Swain County

Today’s guest post was written by Jim Casada. Photo from the Dot Weeks collection (Joseph Hall on far left) JOSEPH…

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Favorite Appalachian Sayings

Granny I’m sharing some of my favorite old sayings with you today. I hope you’ll leave a comment and add…

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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 121

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

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Round Robin

round robin noun 1995 Adams Come Go Home 81 [Granny] would call up and order me to her house to…

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Slipping Off

Long time Blind Pig reader and family friend Lonnie Dockery – Swain County NC Granny used to accuse Pap of…

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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 120

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

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A Skiff of Snow

skiff noun A thin layer, small amount (esp in phr skiff/skift of snow = a light fall of snow). 1834…

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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…