Appalachia Overheard



First person: “Do you want to sit down? Here take my seat.”

Second person: “No, I like being in a dead strain at all times.”

First person: “Boy it’s cold outside.”

Second person: “Yeah boy it’s cold. I’d like to be on the top of Sam’s knob wrapped in a wet bed sheet with a iron wedge in both hands.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia


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    b. Ruth
    December 27, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Ed…I think the first one is sarcastic the second one facetious…
    I am pondering Ethelene’s comment, are they metaphors or idiom’s?
    Also, I love Bill’s brides comment, about the granddaughter’s working or not!..chortle, chortle!
    Reminds me of the comic that says “Here’s your sign!” LOL
    Thanks Tipper,

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    December 27, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I’m one who likes the cold but an
    iron wedge in each hand is ridiculous. You can’t put on enough
    gloves to not feel an old cold iron
    These crazy sayings remind me of
    Bill Envall, the comedian…Ken

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    Ethelene Dyer Jones
    December 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Or, like: “It’s raining cats and dogs!” But when I look outside, it looks very much like plain old hard driving rain to me!
    And, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch!” I think of the old sitting hen on the 15 eggs in the nest in the chicken house. But it’s not “hatching season,” and we’re not talking about chickens or eggs to hatch into biddies atall! But when we say “Happy New Year!” we really mean it–and we know for a fact that whoever enters your door first on New Year’s day–a male–all born on the farm that year will be males; and a female–all born on the farm that year will be females. (And this means animals and fowls, as well as people!).

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    Ed Ammons
    December 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I was checking out at grocery and when a very young cashier picked up my bunch of radishes, looked them over and asked, “What are these?”
    “They are radishes.”
    “Are they good?”
    “No, I just like to torture myself!”
    Another place,
    The cashier,”Can you give me your age?”
    “Yes, but you will have to give me yours first.”
    The cashier, “I’m 23.”
    “OK! Its a deal.”
    The cashier, “So how old are you?”
    “I’m 23”
    The cashier, “You can’t be 23!”
    “Yes I am. I used to be 63 but we swapped, remember?”
    Before I left I complimented her on how young she looked for a woman her age.

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    December 27, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Must have been a gentleman offering his seat to a lady, but she wasn’t very accepting. Poor manners!
    Hummm! I think it depends what season of the year it is for that wet sheet deal. But then I don’t know where Sam’s Knob is. However, sarcasam is a part of our social interaction. Some is good; some is just plain disrespectable.

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    Bill Burnett
    December 27, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I’ve been accused of being sarcastic but really I just point out how stupid some expressions are, the bad thing my Bride has caught it from me over the last 37 years so I know it’s contagious, an example of this cropped up a couple of days ago, our oldest Granddaughter recently went to work as a c .ashier at Ingles, she commented to her MaMaw about how many people she checked out asked her “Are you working here now?” my lovely Bride replied “You should tell them you were shopping and noticed they were busy so I just jumped back here to help them out”. I was so proud of both of them.

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    eva nell wike, PhD
    December 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hey Tipper: Looks like that Keith ‘has done hit the nail on the head’ so I’ll just say “HAPPY NEW YEAR” to yuns.
    Eva Nell

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    b. Ruth
    December 27, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I am having a bit of a dilemma distinguishing between the two remarks…Are they sarcastic or facetious!
    Well, I thunk and I pondered and I sort of reread and thought about it.
    The first one could be sarcastic!
    The second one would be facetious!
    Keith, may have it right!
    Although, I have found in quick casual conversing that Appalachians rarely answer a comment or question in a direct manner…or do they?

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    Miss Cindy
    December 27, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Yep, you just never know what will come out of a mouth once it is opened!

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    December 27, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Now that strikes me as a peculiar conversation. Or at least a peculiar “second person.” Yikes!

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    Keith Jones
    December 27, 2014 at 6:09 am

    That’s us Appalachians…have a cup of irony with that plate of sarcasm. Like the phrase (when someone uses a lot of creamer), “Have a little coffee in your milk!”

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