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 us jump no brooms, but they made us bring out the cakes and everything. (Rhoda McMillion) 1944 Laughlin Word-list Buncombe Co 25 jump over the broomstick = to get married (in some sections: common-law marriage). 1960 Hall Smoky Mt Folks 65 jump the broom = to get married, referring to an old protection against witches, by which a bride who jumps over a broomstick as she enters her new home protects herself. 1967 DARE = joking way of saying that people got married (Maryville TN). 1995 Montgomery Coll. = to elope and get married, often without the benefit of clergy. In Cades Cove there was no ceremony, formal or informal, of acting this out; the term was used only figuratively (Shields).
[from a folk tradition in several European cultures, esp Wales; cf CUD jump over the besom “Live together without being married:; DARE cheifly South, South Midland, Texas]
Do you still hear the phrase jump the broom? Doesn’t seem like I hear it as much as I used to.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley
Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.
Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.