Overheard

Overheard

Overheard-in-Appalachia

“Afterwards many of us have nary a bit more sleep in us than a screech owl.”

Tipper

Overheard: snippets of conversation I overhear in Southern Appalachia

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    Ed Ammons
    April 25, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Sounds like somebody got an awful scare or had an awful amount of caffeine.

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    aw griff
    April 25, 2020 at 10:44 am

    Sanford, I thank E.TN. and E.KY. speak a common language. Well anyways, they used to.

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    Melinda
    April 25, 2020 at 10:01 am

    A new one on me…but very descriptive!

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    Ron Stephens
    April 25, 2020 at 8:07 am

    To have no more sleep left than an owl would just mean to give it up and get up. Growing up, I heard that called ‘the big eye’. Somebody would say something like, “I just got the big eye and couldn’t go to sleep to save me. Finally I just got up and sat out on the porch till daylight.”

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    Don Byers
    April 25, 2020 at 6:45 am

    My teenage friend Lake Weaver, would say that when he grew up he wanted be so rich he could afford a “hainged Cadillac”. Meaning the car would be so long it would have to be hinged in the middle to go around corners.

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    aw griff
    April 25, 2020 at 6:13 am

    That’s very descriptive of no sleep and I had never heard that one. I often hear barred owls and a great horned owl sometimes, but haven’t heard a screech owl in many years. I used to hear them called scritch owls.

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      Sanford McKinney Jr
      April 25, 2020 at 8:39 am

      AW, scritch owls was what screech owls were called in the mountains of North Eastern Tennessee where I was born. The same word was used when someone stopped their automobile too quickly on asphalt. “He always stops his car so fast (instead of quickly) that the tars scritch. I jest wush he’d not do that cause it sceers me!” Another expression that was used about automobile tires was, “He took off so fast that he made the tars squeal!”

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        Ed Ammons
        April 25, 2020 at 1:20 pm

        Had you ever heered somebody squall thur tars when they left. There wudden that much assfault whur I come frum so we always throwed gravel.

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