A comment on my recent video about making Apple Bread reminded me of something Pap and Granny always said.
I literally eat an apple almost everyday of the world. I like my apples on the sweet side with a real crunch. Granny and Pap liked their apples meller, which meant they liked them on the soft side.
I looked in the “Dictionary of Southern Appalachian English” to see if there was an entry for meller in relation to an apple and this is what I found.
A Variant forms meller.
1925 (in 1935 Edwards NC Novels 88) meller. c1950 (in 2000 Oakley Roamin’ Man 44) Thar is no master yit has found entrancing pictures to behold with the green and brown and yellow all the red meller gold all the colors of the rainbow in the morning.
B verb To make (something, as a person’s head) soft or tender by beating (it) to a pulp. c1960 Wilson Coll. = to beat, smash, whether an apple or a head. 1974 Fink Bits Mt Speech 16 = to beat. “I’ll meller his head if he pesters me.” 1998 Montgomery Coll (known to Adams, Brown, Bush, Cardwell), = to make mellow, as a mellow (soft) apple (Jones), = to mellar a nose is to beat it until it is soft and squishy (Ledford). 2005 Williams Gratitude 509 There’s also a threat said as “I’ll meller yer head for ye.” Mellerin’ yer head usually meant rubbin’ it real hard with the knuckles, but could be a lot worse.
Granny and Pap’s meller apple usage is at least mentioned in the dictionary entry, although it’s mostly about beating 🙂 I’ve never heard meller used in relation to giving someone a pounding, but The Deer Hunter said he’d heard it.
Last night’s video: Harvesting the Last of the Garden.