Appalachia Overheard



“I’m afraid I’m getting sick and it’ll ruin it.”

“Why you could get over hydra-phobie before next week so quit worrying. You’ll be fine.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    January 25, 2015 at 12:23 am

    Now, I’ve never overheard that, but I have said, “Ohhh, I’m trying to get a migraine” (meaning I could feel one was coming on). Whereupon a friend said in shock, “Why on earth would you try to get something like that!?!” LOL
    God bless.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    January 24, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Tipper: When my sweetheart was about 14 years of age his Aunt’s cat attacked him from behind while he was walking through the barn. The cat
    jumped up and clawed his hand – without any provocation. After placing the cat in a cage and observing it’s strange behavior, they sent the head of the cat to Raleigh Health and Control. The news was bad! My sweetheart had to take those shots for FOURTEEN days. He says the outcome was good – and he does not have ill feelings toward cats!
    Eva Nell

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    Joy O.
    January 24, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    My Dad, recalls hearing two old women talking in the company store when he was young. One of them said,” when I was born I was so little my head would fit in a teacup!” The second woman then ask, “Did you live?”

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    Ed Ammons
    January 24, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    When I was a kid I overheard a neighbor lady say “the doctor said I had heart dropsy. I can still feel it dripping in there.” She only lived about 45 years after that.

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    January 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

    We only got a skiff of Snow on my
    porch, not enough to make Snowcream. The next bout won’t be
    this warm.
    Seems like your Overheard post today fits me to a tee.ha But I’m
    looking forward to about Valentine’s Day…Ken

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    January 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Another one on being sick (either from a physical “not feeling well” or a mind-set toward depression and/or “the blues”):
    “I’m as low as a sow’s belly!”
    Although the connotation (a sow before delivering pigs) is not very complimentary, we in the mountains could identify with feeling that badly, either physically or mentally.

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    b. Ruth
    January 24, 2015 at 10:15 am

    The one that commented “why you could get over “hydra-phobie” before next week so quit worrying”, sure had a vision of that person being strong willed and healthy! There is still not a positive cure for rabies! I have only heard of one person that was treated getting over the rabies!
    That is one fear I always had since I was a child, “rabies”!
    There always seemed to be a “rabid dog” loose in the area. A rumor usually started by some mean kids in the neighborhood! That was back when the vaccination was first used and folks warned to get their animals vaccinated or face big fines!
    My husband says he thinks I get a case of the “rabies” (mad-dog) every once in a while…not so, only happens when he takes off to play golf and I have forgotten the tee-off date! LOL
    I hope you had a great time at the John Campbell School last night. Of course we will need some pictures and music!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…We had some big snowflakes early, early this morning. All gone now. Sun is shinning but snowy clouds floating around still!

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    Ron Banks
    January 24, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Hydra-phobies….hmmm? Is that anything like having the epazoodicks?

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    Paula Rhodarmer
    January 24, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Hi Tipper,
    I loved your overheard comment! I laughed out loud when I read it. I remember my grandmother using the word “Hydra-phobie” and I always wondered what that terrible disease really was. I know you can get it by not wearing a scarf or hat when the wind is blowing (or at least so my grandmother said).

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    Don Casada
    January 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I’d bet that one of the speakers is in the picture.

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