Appalachian Dialect Chatter and Chitter

Chitter & Chatter Like to Gom

One evening last week I looked out the window to check on the girls-what did I see? A mud fight already in full swing. After I ran and locked all the doors, I went back to the window to see who was going to win.

Chatter and Chitter have always liked to gom (make a mess). If its dirty, slimy, dusty, wet, or slightly disgusting they are up for it.

I use to think as they grew older-they would grow out of the urge, desire, and down right need to make a mess. The dream never happened.

Over the years, my perspective on the gomming has changed. I still don’t like to clean up the aftermath, but I have learned to treasure the absolute delight that occurs along with the mess.

My new outlook has been aided by the knowledge that they are now old enough to use a water hose.

Tipper

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    JOHNIE T. ARANT
    August 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I HAD AFEW MUD FIGHTS WITH MY BABY SISTER I WOULD MAKE A MUD CASTLE AND SHE WOULD TEAR IT DONW
    THAT WOULD CALL FOR A MUD FIGHT.
    I DON’T REMEMBER WITCH ONE OF US
    WON.
    JOHNIE IN ARK,

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    Helen G.
    November 21, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Looks like good clean fun to me… after they get through with the hose. Mud is good for your skin isn’t it?
    Helen

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    Shane Moad
    October 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Just going through some of your old posts Tipper, loved this one. Its great to see young people having fun like this and just being happy. Loved the look of the woods all around your home. I love the feeling of being in a forest, to me its a comforting feeling. Have a great day…………..By the way, hard to pick a winner, all I can say is that I am glad I wasnt there, with a shaved head I am an easy target!

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    Miss Cindy, Black Mountain, North Carolina
    June 7, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I never heard the word “gom” until I was married and my mother-in-law used it. I didn’t want to admit to her that I didn’t know the word so I just waited and listened—eventually i figured that it meant a mess! It’s a funny word, wonder where it came from.

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    Miss Cindy, Black Mountain, North Carolina
    June 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Looks pretty even to me. That’s a lot of mud. It looks like such fun. Exactly what kids should do. Memories they –and you–will treasure forever and what a nice thing for you to share them with all of us. Thank you!

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    Sarah
    June 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! LOL That lotion picture is the stuff of my nightmares.

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    Joan
    June 4, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I think it’s wonderful your girls are so close and enjoy each other’s company so much! I bet it didn’t matter who won!

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    Valarie Lea
    June 3, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I am thinking Chitter won that fight. 🙂

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    Melanie
    June 3, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I think the winner depends on what the goal was – to stay as clean as possible or to get as dirty as possible? LOL
    Fun blog!

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    Razor Family Farms
    June 3, 2008 at 7:36 am

    You wrote: “Your contest was just before I found your blog-I remember looking back at the funny pictures. My girls are really messy kids.”
    My response: Okay, you are forgiven. Now we need another contest which you can enter. What shall it be? Ideas please! **tapping foot but grinning**
    Blessings!
    Lacy

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    noble pig
    June 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I’m voting chatter did chitter in.

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    Granny Sue
    June 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

    I have to agree–Chatter took the prizeIt looks like they had a great time! Does that red clay color come out of their clothes? Sometimes it’s hard to get our clay out of the clothes. Lots of tie-dyed looking socks around here when the boys were small!

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    Egghead
    June 2, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Those girls look like they have too much fun. They seem close in age…not twins are they?

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    Carrie
    June 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Oh that looks like such fun!!! Looks like something my middle girls and son would do, infact I think they were almost there while I was mowing just a bit ago…

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    Razor Family Farms
    June 2, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Did you know that I had a Messiest Kid Photo contest not even a week ago that you could have entered? Winner to get a knitted-by-me washcloth and homemade soap.
    Blessings!
    Lacy

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    Amy
    June 1, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    How much fun! I would have been tempted to join in the mess. I say Chatter won – she was wearing more clothing! =)

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    Jennifer in OR
    June 1, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Chatter looks to be the gom winner to me! What a fun word, I’d never heard it before! If “most fun had” were the category for winning, then maybe Chitter won, too. 🙂

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    City Mouse/Country House
    June 1, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    Chatter – definitely. (Take it from an eldest boy!) Although Chitter wins the prize for Artistry – the patterns on Chatter’s back are more elegant!

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    renaedujour
    June 1, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    I think Chatter won. Does she get a mud pie as a prize?

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    Jan
    June 1, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Thank GOD for garden hoses! My favorite picture was the one with the lotion…just how many shampoos did it take to remove the gom? BTW, we “gomed” at our house too.

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    Renna
    June 1, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I miss those days of kids coming to the door covered in mud, though I don’t miss the mess. That said, I’d take the mess for a day back when they were that age!
    Chitter and Chatter are darlings. 🙂

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    gafarmwoman
    June 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    It looked like a tie to me. I had 2 boys and they sure could make a mess too. I miss those days. Now I have grandkids but when they visit the Grandgirl sure don’t want any mess on her, she is Granny’s little princess though.

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    Patti
    June 1, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    What cool refreshing fun those girls have. It would be so nice if more kids could experience that kind of fun. I’d say Chitter won. You go girl!

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    Treasia
    June 1, 2008 at 11:37 am

    My guess is Chatter won this one hands down. In our neck of the woods we say “mess and gom” so I knew exactly what you were talking about.

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    Treasia
    June 1, 2008 at 11:37 am

    My guess is Chatter won this one hands down. In our neck of the woods we say “mess and gom” so I knew exactly what you were talking about.

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    Dina in Jerusalem
    June 1, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Ha! Those kids have got it good!
    But can you tell this Yankee about the word gom?

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    Beckynsc
    June 1, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Looks like Chatter to me. But it was a close call.
    I didn’t have a sibling near my age so I just made messes all by myself. And I was good at it, too!

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    Carolyn
    June 1, 2008 at 8:24 am

    I’d have to say Chatter won this one since Chitter took so many hits to the back! Your girls are so fun loving … makes me wish I had been in on the Gom. 🙂 xxoo

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