Tipper at one of Pap’s old homeplaces
shackledy, shackley, shackling, shackly adjective Unsteady, shaky, in poor condition, uncertain, of little account; hence noun = an object or situation in such a condition.
1863 (in 1938 Taliaferro Carolina Humor 74) I tried keepin’ Bible laws a spell while I was in Passen Beller’s church, and made a ding shacklin out of it, certin. 1913 Kephart Our Sthn High 29 Here is a land of lumber wagons, and saddle-bags, and shackly little sleds that are dragged over the bare ground by harnessed steers. 1933 Chapman Glen Hazard 298 shackling = no a-account, loose-jointed, poor. 1938 Justus No-End Hollow 113 The whole thing was getting shackly. 1939 Hall Coll. Gatlinburg TN They never did get any more trace [of the person who did it]. Their proof was so shackledy. ibid. White Oak NC Anything loose or tore up is shackly. (Fay Leatherwood) 1982 Powers and Hannah Cataloochee [The gun’s] all shackley, must be a punkin’ ball loose in your gun or your gun part’s loose. 1989 Landry Smoky Mt Interviews 181 The mailbox was awful shackledy, you know. 1994-95 Montogomery Coll. shackledy The weather is shackledy, it’s going to be a shackledy day (Cardwell); shackling (Adams, Bush, Jones, Ledford, Norris, Weaver); That chair is too shackling to sit in (Cardwell).”
[shackle noun + -y; OED shackly adj U.S. and dialect; Web3 shackly “rickety, ramshackle; loose-jointed and shambling” prob from English dialect shackle “to shake, rattle” chiefly dialect]
Even though the house in the photo was shackledy, in my mind’s eye I could see it as it used to be when Pap was a boy.
Come cook with me!
MOUNTAIN FLAVORS – TRADITIONAL APPALACHIAN COOKING
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.