Appalachian Dialect

Appalachian Dialect

Red Off the Table

Last week  Joe Chumlea left this comment: “Have you ever heard the term “red off”, as in when I was a kid I had to red off the table after dinner?” —- For years I read the word red or redd in books used in exactly the manner Joe described, but had never heard it used. About a year or so ago I was getting my hair cut and my hairdresser said she told her kids to red up the…

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Appalachian Dialect


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Appalachian Dialect


We had some extry good eating at Thanksgiving. Extry was a word Pap used often. Francis Cook says it too.…

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Appalachian Dialect

Had Ought To

had ought to verb phrase Should. 1904-7 Kephart Notebooks: 2:399 A feller’d orter have a good crowin’ rooster. 1937 Hall…