Appalachia Overheard


“Was it crowded?”

“Lord yes it was so thick you couldn’t stir them with a stick. They was just a comin and a goin.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    January 28, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Why, they was so many of ’em, … ya couldn’t eveun shake a stick at ‘um!

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    Rev. RB
    January 28, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve heard “shake ’em with a stick” but I think the way you put it, “stir ’em with a stick” makes more sense, cause you’d stir a crowd up long before you’d shake ’em up, I think. LOL
    God bless.

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    Ann Applegarth
    January 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    You bet. We use it for things other than people, too, such as: “The mosquitos this summer are so thick you could stir ’em with a stick.”
    We also say, “The traffic was terrible. Everybody and their dogs were on the road that day.”

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    January 28, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    I use the word “Lordy” a lot when I’m telling someone something. One time I was having Breakfast and the phone rang, it was my friends from Fort Myers, Florida. They had bought a place pretty close to me and the wife called to wish me Happy Birthday.
    She said “Lordy, Lordy, Ken’s forty.” That was many years ago, and I ran into her and her youngest daughter at Ingles grocery. After we spoke the daughter came over to me and said “about a year after daddy died, mama had a stroke and can’t make sentences anymore. She know what you say tho.” So sad…Ken

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    Dee Parks
    January 28, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    My goodness, I sure have heard those words all my childhood. Living in PA now, I don’t hear any of it but I remember when we moved out here a neighbor that had moved in from Western PA said, “you’ins come over when ever you want.” I had never heard “you’ins” before. Had heard “Yall”.

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    Ed Ammons
    January 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Let me tell you what. It’s like that down in Hickory. Uhspechley at that Valley Hills Mall place. People come there from everwhir. Some’s from other planets even, from the looks of ’em. When people ask if Connelly Springs in near Hickory, I tell them I don’t know, I don’t go to Hickory. I tell ’em Hickory is my favorite place to stay away from.

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    Sheryl Paul
    January 28, 2017 at 9:20 am

    My daddy was always one to say that. I remember him saying that when I was little

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    January 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Love your snippets! This one seems to show how casually we use the word Lord, and I prefer to think it is because many have that influence so near at hand. In other areas where I have lived, this is just not common. In my youth often heard some of the older ones begin many sentences with Lord such as, “Lord no, the tickets were so pricey nobody showed up.” Tipper, your blog is getting so crowded with enthusiastic posters you are going to have to go Live on FB. Just a thought!

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    b. Ruth
    January 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Must have been an after Christmas sale! When it gets that thick, I stay away. I prefer early morning or late evening shopping!
    Now then it could have been one of the girls concerts, that would have been a pleasant thick crowd!
    Have a good day Tipper,
    PS…Flurries yesterday morning. Colder!
    Maybe a thin baby blanket overnight Sunday, we’ll see! One end of January I remember, it started and every weekend into the end of February we had snow, from a skiff to several inches. that was years ago. What goes around comes around. So it maybe coming around again!

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    Miss Cindy
    January 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Yep, heard that one all my life!

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