Appalachia Appalachian Dialect Overheard



“Sounds like they’ve made you the ramrod up there.”



Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    Ed Ammons
    October 6, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Ain’t a ramrod what they used to push a patch and ball down the barrel of a gun after they pour in the powder. Does that mean you have to do the dangerous stuff? Are you not at the mercy of the man on the trigger?

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    October 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Hope you all have fun!

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    October 6, 2018 at 11:07 am

    It takes a strong and tenacious person to keep encouraging/motivating/prodding/pushing along others to get some things done!!

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    Ron Banks
    October 6, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I have heard it many many times in my life but not in a while. I can hear my my dad saying someone was the “ramrod” up at the mill. I remember hearing the word used in the cowboy movies and shows I watched as a kid like Wagon Train, The Virginian and Bonanza. If you were the ramrod you were a supervisor or boss. Straw boss was another term I remember. I think a straw boss was not much more than a regular worker maybe a little more responsibility but not much if any more pay.

    We hope to get over to the festival tomorrow if we do we’ll be sure catch one of the shows.

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    Ron Stephens
    October 6, 2018 at 8:21 am

    I recall hearing that, though it has been awhile. I guess to be a ramrod one would have to have some stiff spine.

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    Miss Cindy
    October 6, 2018 at 7:03 am

    That sounds like something Granny would say!

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