One day when I was looking up a word in my Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, my eye fell upon the word cymling.
*Cymling- noun. A small, inedible gourd or squash having an egglike shape, sometimes put in a nest to induce a hen to lay. Cf china, nest egg.
I thought it was a strange word-and I knew I had never heard it before.
A good while later, B. Ruth sent me several small dried gourd like things. She told me in the old days they used them for darning socks. I immediately was reminded of the word from the dictionary.
When I went back for a second look to see if what I remembered was right-I noticed the dictionary also had an entry for cymling head: A small round head; by extension a stupid person.
Cymling head seemed more familiar to me-and one of the sources used for the dictionary entry for it was even Brasstown. But I can’t really say for sure I’ve ever heard the word used.
According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary site, the word cymling is most likely an alteration of the word simnel with the first known use of cymling being in 1779.
So after all that-I’m really curious to know if you’ve ever heard the word used?