Appalachia courting/love Folklore

Jump the Broom

jump the broom, jump the broomstick verb phrase To get married, usu without benefit of clergy. This expression has a long history in southern use, often signifying a mock ceremony symbolizing marriage, esp as part of the script of a serenade or charivari. See also broomstick marriage. 1939 Hall Coll. Big Creek NC They would tote a man on a rail. Meanwhile they made the bride jump the broom. (Zilphie Sutton) ibid. Newport TN Catons Grove TN they never made…

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