Appalachian Dialect Overheard



“I just want shed of him.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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Come cook with me!

Location: John C. Campbell Folk School – Brasstown, NC
Date: Sunday, June 23 – Saturday, June 29, 2019
Instructors: Carolyn Anderson, Tipper Pressley

Experience the traditional Appalachian method of cooking, putting up, and preserving the bounty from nature’s garden. Receive hands-on training to make and process a variety of jellies, jams, and pickles for winter eating. You’ll also learn the importance of dessert in Appalachian culture and discover how to easily make the fanciest of traditional cakes. Completing this week of cultural foods, a day of bread making will produce biscuits and cornbread. All levels welcome.

Along with all that goodness Carolyn and I have planned a couple of field trips to allow students to see how local folks produce food for their families. The Folk School offers scholarships you can go here to find out more about them. For the rest of the class details go here.


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    aw griff
    April 20, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    When I first read shed, I went to my wife and told her we needed to get shed of some junk. She never missed a beat, although I hadn’t shared the word with her. I still hear the word and use it but most of the time I would say rid of. I’ll use it more often. A friend will know what it means. He is the only person I know right off that says scotch for chock.

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      Ed Ammons
      April 20, 2019 at 6:21 pm

      Well I guess you don’t know me then! A chock is a manufactured product. A scotch is whatever you can grab to keep the car (or any wheeled vehicle) from rolling off. A chunk of stovewood, a rock, a small engine block, a piece of coal. Whatever it takes to throw behind the wheel (or in front depending on which way it is pointed.) I used a go-devil just the other day when Dusty and I were working on his trailer. I told him it was a scotch with a handle. I used a poll axe on the other side just as a backup.

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        aw griff
        April 23, 2019 at 10:40 am

        Yes Ed I know you somewhat just not in person and appreciate your wit.
        Larry Griffith

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    Ann Applegarth
    April 20, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I sure don’t ever want to get shed of Blind Pig! 🙂

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    Ron Stephens
    April 20, 2019 at 9:39 am

    You did it again! Gosh, it has been so long since I heard “shed of” something. My Grandma pronounced it “shet of”. But if I heard that anywhere, anytime I would think “home folks”. Sadly, I would say “rid of” myself even though I have a lot of “stuff” I need to get “shet of”.

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    April 20, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Some men came to buy Daddy’s horse and asked Mom if she was sad to see it go. She said, “Nah, I’m kinda glad to get shed of it.” When they returned the next day with their horse trailer, one of the men giggled and said he was there to help her get shed of the horse. I’m glad Mom taught those highfalutin city slickers a new word.

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    Ed Ammons
    April 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

    I’ve also heard it pronounced “shet”.
    “I’ve had this crud fer goin on a month. Jest cain’t get shet of it. Ever time I thank it’s gettin better, I take a backset.

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    Ron Banks
    April 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

    I’ve heard it my whole life. Not so much anymore unless I’m talking to my older siblings. I’ve have had to get shed of a few people in my life over the years and my first love when I was 17 got shed of me when she went off to college and discoverd there were more fish in the sea. We would also shed our coats if we got too hot or shed our britches to jump in the creek.

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    Don Byers
    April 20, 2019 at 7:59 am

    I would like to get shed of this huge woodpecker who wakes me up every morning pecking on his reflection in my carport window.

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    Miss Cindy
    April 20, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Absolutely, that is one of our best expressions. Heard this one all my life and love it. There is no ambiguity, it says what it means and means what it says!

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    Gayle Larson
    April 20, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I also remember my Mother saying she’ll be glad to be shed of him when the neighbor thru her boyfriend out. At the time we were all glad to be shed of him.

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    Bill Burnett
    April 20, 2019 at 6:53 am

    I am familiar with wanting shet of someone or something but never recall shed of either. I think it is jut a different pronunciation of wnting shut of someone or something.

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    April 20, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Yea, like a mangy stray dog, poor feller, doesn’t know he’s not wanted.

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    Sheryl Paul
    April 20, 2019 at 6:35 am

    Yes, hear a lot aldo shut. Just want to get shut of jim

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