Appalachia Overheard



“They’ve got the baby tonight. Not sure if her momma and daddy are gone courting or if they had something they had to do.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    Brian P.T. Blake
    November 3, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Maybe it’s me or just the grammar, but when I read, “There’s something they have to do,” my first thought was, “They’re getting married?”

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    Ed Ammons
    November 3, 2018 at 9:16 am

    When I hear “They’ve got the baby.” it is invariably the grandparents babysitting for their children. “The baby” doesn’t need to be named because everybody already know who it is. Now, “They’re keeping the baby” could mean something entirely different. In the first instance “they” have won the privilege. In the second “they” have been stuck with a problem.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 3, 2018 at 8:44 am

    To grandparents the background of that snippet is easy to fill in. Love that ‘mommy and daddy gone courting’ because that effort needs to be on-going in a marriage, though it doesn’t necessarily require going anywhere. In that regard, I’ve never understood those who speak of having more time at home with their spouse as being a negative against retirement.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 3, 2018 at 8:01 am

    That’s cute! I haven heard of courting in a while.

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