“I don’t know, but they said he wadn’t no account.”


Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    November 30, 2019 at 11:21 am

    I’ve heard that one all my life, and I live in Richmond, Va. Maybe it’s a Southern expression.

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    November 30, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Yes Tipper, i’ve heard that way back yonder. I love it . Its funny, my two daughters will correct me every time if they hear me say a word wrong. Like chimney and a few other words. It works for me. But i’ve heard them plenty of times., and i dont say nothing. Good one Tipper.

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    Mary Lou McKillip
    November 29, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Tipper, I thought of one. ( don’t give Hoot)

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    Don Byers
    November 29, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    No ‘count.

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    Ken Roper
    November 29, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    When I was in the 11th or 12th grade at Andrews, Mrs. Justice was my English teacher. She was fresh out of someplace where they taught Teachers to be Teachers. Her husband taught at Robbinsville and before the Christmas Break, he’d bring two 24 packs of them little bitty Dopes in a bottle for us. They weren’t from around here, you could tell, but I liked All my teachers, and that was the first time I heard the name “Renee’. She was as young as Chitter and Chatter. I had been use to the Older Generation, some folks called them Old Maids, but I liked them too.

    Mrs. Justice taught English and was a bit Liberal, she wanted her Students to speak Proper English. She had some trouble understanding some of us, but I didn’t see anything wrong with the way we spoke.

    Mrs. Justice drove a Voltswagon Rabbit, and almost every day after School, I’d see that Gray car a coming and she’d stop and pick me up and let me out at the trail going to my house. …Ken

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      December 1, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      Ken and Tipper,
      The only person I ever heard say Dope, to describe a soft drink, was my Dad. Is that commonly used in the areas you live?

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    aw griff
    November 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I just thought of another one I hear sometimes. He ain’t worth a fly blow.

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    November 29, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Count me as another who’s heard that all my life, always in relation to reputation, and with the admonishment (verbal or silent) that associating with said person was not going to happen. “He’s just no ‘count. And don’t you even think about runnin’ with ‘im, ye hear?”

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    Ken Roper
    November 29, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    I never heard the word “beefer” before, but Mama and Daddy talked about someone being “no account”. I recon they didn’t have no “raisin”.

    My youngest Daughter came up for awhile yesterday, she had to see her Daddy. The other Girl had company and stayed in Chapel Hill. …Ken

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    November 29, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I was kinda wild back in the day, Funny, I think that’s what my Mother in law said about me, that was 38yrs ago Nov 6th. Hee Hee.

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    November 29, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Heard that one all my life too.

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    Ed Ammons
    November 29, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Hit’s funny how wudn’t no account and wuz no account means the same thang?

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    November 29, 2019 at 9:08 am

    One of those rounder,bounder, and ne’er do wells.

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    Miss Cindy
    November 29, 2019 at 9:07 am

    No account, heard that one all my life. Ed, I’ve heard beefer quite a lot but not as much as no account!
    I just love our colorful language. If we don’t know a word to express our meaning then we just make up a word. It works!

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    November 29, 2019 at 9:05 am

    It wasn’t me you overheard because I would have said he wadn’t no count.
    Tipper, if you and the girls are out Black Fridaying, you all are some brave women!

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    aw griff
    November 29, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I still hear no-count.
    We had a wonderful thanksgiving dinner yesterday and sure you did too.
    My sister had fixed an apple stack cake and lots more desserts. She also fixed a turkey and a ham. There was more ham eat than turkey.

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    Ron Stephens
    November 29, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Yep. Always heard that. To say someone was ‘no count’ was about the worse thing that could be said by the people who were not given to ‘runnin anybody down’. When I was growing up the question I would be asked is, “Whose boy are up?” That was how folks got ‘placed’, by the reputation of their family. If you came from a ‘no count’ family you had to show people that reputation was not right.

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    sheryl paul
    November 29, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I have heard that all my life.

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    Ed Mauney
    November 29, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Have you ever heard of beefer as ” you girls better beefer getting home as we used to tell our girls when they were growing up as it was going to snow because the snow clouds were piling up”.

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      Ed Ammons
      November 29, 2019 at 9:23 am

      I told my kids “you better be a befer and be fer gittin your homework done before bedtime.”

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