Appalachia Overheard

Overheard

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“He said he was leaving and I said well if you’re leaving I’ll buy the gas.”

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Tipper

Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

 

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    Rev. Rose Marie "RB" Redmond
    February 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Never heard that one before, but I like it. There’s just some people worth paying to be shed of. LOL

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    Ed Ammons
    February 18, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    “One word outta you and I’m history!” “OK, what’s the word?”

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    Bill Burnett
    February 18, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I have a good friend whose first years of marriage were rocky and his wife was always threatening to go home to her mother. One day she made the statement that if their truck had better tires on it she would leave and go home to her mother. My friend never responded but just got up and left, he returned shortly and told her “there’s new tires on the truck” she asked where he got the money for four new tires. He answered “I put them on my credit card, so now go or quit threatening.” They recently celebrated their 30th anniversary.

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    Rooney Floyd
    February 18, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Reminds me of a line from a country song–“Thank God and Greyhound she’s gone”.

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    b. Ruth
    February 18, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Tipper,
    Love this saying….how many parents have heard this in the heat of an argument when teenagers were twixt independence and their way and still not old enough to be on their own with usually the wrong decisions.
    “How many suitcases will you need, I’ll help you pack!” or “Do you know where you want me to send your mail!” or “Don’t forget to leave Dad’s car keys on the table!” and “Do you want me to take you to the Greyhound or do you want to walk? Lord knows you’ll get use to it!” ha
    Thanks Tipper,

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    Ken Roper
    February 18, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Tipper,
    Sounds to me like someone’s heard enough lip and glad to have some relief. I recon we’ve all had that experience.
    This sunshine is really nice, makes everything seem better! …Ken

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    Carol
    February 18, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Good one!!!!!!!

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    Shirl
    February 18, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Could have been me you overheard saying that. Problem was, it was always me that had to do the actual leaving. Anyway, if my ex had ever followed through with the threats, the gas would have been the best investment I ever made!

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    Leilani Worrell
    February 18, 2016 at 9:09 am

    When people asked me if I was working tomorrow, I used to say “I’m off, but I’ll be here working.” Thanks to Ron for the memory.

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    Ron Banks
    February 18, 2016 at 8:35 am

    That’s a good one right there! It sounds like they were ready for them to leave.
    Like don’t let the door hit you in the rear on the way out or wait a minute and I’ll help pack.
    You are happy to some people come and happy to see others go.

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    SuzyJ
    February 18, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Reminds me of when we were kids and one of us would threaten to runaway, my Mom would offer to help us pack 🙂 We never made it that far 🙂

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    Ron Stephens
    February 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Reminds me of the tongue-in-check saying I heard growing up, “Don’t be in no hurry, here’s your hat.”
    We also said, “I’m off.” as we were leaving but “off” also meant not all there. I sometimes tell people, “Well, I’m off. And besides that I’m leaving.” Hopefully I haven’t convinced them of the former. But it is perhaps a bit risky.

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    TimMc
    February 18, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Well, gas is as cheap as it’s been in years, might be good money spent…

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    February 18, 2016 at 7:43 am

    Tipper comes up with the most unusual “overheard in Apppalachia.” Love this “If you’re leaving, I’ll buy the gas!” What does this really mean? You’ve made this threat to leave before (lover’s breakup??). This time, I’ll make sure you get yourself outta here! I’ll buy the gas to so you can really make your get-away! So get gone! Get outta my hair! Vamoose!
    In other words, I mean business; and I’m making sure you do, too!
    (Any hope for reconciliation here??) [I’m sort of laughing!]

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

    That is a good one.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

    That is a good one.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

    That is a good one.

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    Sheryl Paul
    February 18, 2016 at 7:41 am

    That is a good one.

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    Miss Cindy
    February 18, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Oh yes, I’ve heard comments just like that. I think it goes back to our Appalachian independence. You can’t hurt me, I’ll be just fine and maybe better with your sorry a.. gone. I love it!

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    Jackie
    February 18, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Our daughter was constantly saying, “When I turn 18, I’m out of here.” She threatened leaving too many times. One day I came home to find her mom helping her pack. The Mom would move a stack of clothes from a drawer to a suitcase while the daughter moved the previous stack back to the drawer while crying, “No. Mom don’t make me leave.” Mom was saying’ “Yes you’re leaving. I’m tired of hearing the threats.”

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