Appalachia Overheard



“Well we better get on.”

“You ought to just stick around we’re real peaceable right now.”



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    December 6, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Love the post and all the comments – Sue Crane’s recollection made me laugh out loud! 🙂

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    Sue Crane
    December 5, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    you knew you had gone far enough when my dad’s eyebrow went up! But you really were in trouble when he announced: “things better come to a screeching halt around here or there’s gonna be some slow walking and sad singing.” Took me a few years to connect the walking/singing to MY funeral.

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    December 5, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    You orter jest hang around. We might take a notion to bust open a keg of nails atter whawl.

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    Ken Roper
    December 5, 2015 at 11:52 am

    That sounds like some people I know, they had been a fighten’ but they’re all done right now. From the picture above, it looks like Chitter hears something interesting…Ken

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    December 5, 2015 at 11:16 am

    “Well, we better get on” is a very common phrase in our family; usually followed by “now” – for emphasis, I guess – but usually said when one really doesn’t want to leave either because they are so enjoying themselves where they are or because they want to avoid the duties or chores waiting for them when they get to where they are going on to.
    The second phrase I don’t hear near as often but it is the kind of phrase that certainly would entice one to stay in a calm and relaxing setting.

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    John Faircloth
    December 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

    When greeting a guest:
    “Well Hello here, How are you there?”
    “Y’all just come in the house and stay with us.”
    When I pushed my dad a little too far:
    “Go boy, git from heah!”
    When served cheap white bread:
    “This stuff tastes like waspers nest bread.”

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    Ron Banks
    December 5, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Real peaceable right now? Does that mean they are apt to change their disposition at any time? I think I would be getting on too then.

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    Darlene Debty Kimsey
    December 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Love it!

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    b. Ruth
    December 5, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Good morning…from East Tennessee! Heard both quotes in the past. My Grandmother would add,
    “We can always make a pallet on the floor”!
    Thanks Tipper,
    PS…W have a deep, white as snow frost this morning, just beautiful!

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    December 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Reminds me of: ‘ Things to do, places to go’ to get the most out of a day before it is time to return to sleep time. This is a busy time of the year for many people; getting ready for the Christmas season and the birth of Jesus. I just enjoy the peacefulness of watching families reuniting and enjoying their time together. Sometimes I get a bit nostalgic about family times of my childhood when the preparations were hectic, and family time was just precious.

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    Miss Cindy
    December 5, 2015 at 8:01 am

    I’ve heart both of those expressions, actually I think I’ve used both of them.

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    Sheryl Paul
    December 5, 2015 at 7:10 am

    Love it and have never heard before.

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