Courting = dating
sparking = dating
sweet on = means you like someone
he-ing and she-ing = hugging and kissing
slip off = elope
serenade or shivaree = a loud noisy celebration
occurring after a wedding
courts like a stick of wood = a person who is awkward
jump the broom = get married
took up = 2 people who start courting
When I was young someone was always asking me if I was courting yet. Granny and Pap slipped off from Granny Gazzie and got married without her knowing it. But it seems to have worked out for them since they’re still married all these years later.
Along with courting and slip off I still hear: took up, jump the broom, he-ing and she-ing, and sweet on in my part of Appalachia. The other words/sayings-have faded away.
For more about courting in Appalachia-visit Dave Tabler’s Appalachian History site.
I’m sure I left some courting sayings out-if you think of one leave it in a comment!