“Say she had you gather sumac? What’s she a wantin’ to do go meet the Lord?”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    July 13, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Sounds like we (many of your readers) need a lesson on distinguishing one sumac from the other!

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    Ken Roper
    July 13, 2019 at 9:34 am

    My second oldest brother, Joel, got Sumac poisioning somehow on his face and had to go to the Dr.
    one time. He was Redder than a Pickled Beet. …Ken

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    Sarah Loudin Thomas
    July 13, 2019 at 9:05 am

    But did the person say sue-mack or shoe-make??

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    b. Ruth
    July 13, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I think this person was talking about a different Sumac…There is Sumac and then there is poison sumac..There is a lot of species that some call sumac plus a lot of species of sumac….I used to gather the red drying pods for using in flower arrangements when they get ready by Fall…What would all the little birdies do without those tasty to them morsels as they migrate…or not…I sure don’t see piles of dead birds under the little sumac trees…LOL
    Maybe she thought she might step on a Copperhead or Timber Rattler that might take her on her heavenly journey! LOL
    Thanks…for this post…

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    Ed Ammons
    July 13, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Well theys a pison shoemake and theys a shoemake that you can eat. The good kind can be used like a spice. Tastes like lemons. They ain’t no use fer the pison kind, that I know about anyways. Lesson you want to make somebody miserable.

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    July 13, 2019 at 8:52 am

    …it’s also a spice…kind’a a lemony – vinegary flavor to it…

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    Ron Stephens
    July 13, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Ambiguous comment in at least two ways. Can’t think of a reason to be gathering sumac. And can’t think why that would be connected with going to meet the Lord. Then the one going to meet the Lord was not doing the gathering but had someone else doing that. Evidently the going to meet the Lord was not directly connected with sumac gathering. Puzzling. Hope some of the Acorns can sort it out.

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    aw griff
    July 13, 2019 at 8:19 am

    I was talking to a man the other day I hadn’t seen in at least 20 years and he told me , him and a friend had been graveling for fish and the friend couldn’t swim. He told his friend if you drown and I have to pull you out I want you to know I’m not spitting out my cud of chawin backer for anybody.
    Dad used to say an expression I never heard anyone else say. A Mother may forget her suckling babe but an old man will never forget his chewing tobacco.

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    Miss Cindy
    July 13, 2019 at 6:39 am

    Oh Dear, I guess that means Sumac is poison. I have heard of Sumac but don’t know much about it!

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