“I was going to bring you some eggs this morning but I remembered I had to ride with Randy to work. I thought well I’ll have to nuss them in my lap. So I didn’t bring them but I’ll bring them in the morning.”
I was so excited to hear the word nuss used!!! Although I have come across it in books I have never heard anyone actually use it. Hearing it truly made my day!
Part of the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English’s entry for nuss – a variant of nurse:
To take care of or cuddle (a child), esp by holding it on the lap. 1939 Hall Coll., Jefferson TN = fondle a child; hold a child in one’s lap. “I nussed your child.” (Robert Ray) c1950 Haun When the Wind 18 Listen: -Now don’t you tell me the words-Up in a tree top-nuss me whilest I sing the rest of hit-will you, Granny. 1965 Dict Queen’s English 15 = hold. “Maybelle, you nuss the kid for a while.” 1998 Brewer Don’t Scrouge “Nuss” means holding someone on one’s lap. Although it probably derived from “nurse,” in mountain usage it has no connection to feeding an infant. Men and children as well as women nussed the baby. Sometimes if seating was limited a fellow could nuss his girlfriend, which, by the way, never seem to scrouge him in the least.”