Back when I first shared the photos and phrases below, I had just finished reading Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders. The phrases were examples he used in his chapter on dialect of the southern highlands of Appalachia.
I’m fortunate to live in an area where I still get to hear the phrases as I go about my daily life. Please look through them and leave me a comment if you’re familiar (or not) with the language usage.
It’s starting to rain, better get the clothes off the line hadn’t you? (Granny Gazzie in the photo)
Thursday week I’m going to take Mother to the Doctor. (Granny Gazzie and Granny in the photo)
I’d tell a man what for. (My grandfather Charlie Jenkins in the photo)
They went to Franklin or Hayesville one. (Miss Cindy’s father-The Deer Hunter’s Grandfather-Curtis Mease on the left side of the photo)
We’re aimin to go to town. (Pap as a child, with his Mother and Father-Marie and Wade Wilson)
She looks a sight like her Pap. (Chitter)
I better git on. (Miss Cindy’s Mother-The Deer Hunter’s Grandmother-Bonnie Mease in front of photo)
Be careful or you’ll slide up. (Miss Cindy’s father-The Deer Hunter’s Grandfather-Curtis Mease)
I’ll be back directly. (Photo taken by Bonnie or Curtis-Miss Cindy’s parents)
Don’t much believe the sun’ll shine today. (I don’t know who they are, but the photo came from Miss Cindy’s Grandmother. From the other photos of the couple-it looks like they are at the beach)
We just point blank got to fix it. (The Deer Hunter’s Daddy-Papaw Tony serving in Panama)
Sit down and eat some supper. (Paul, The Deer Hunter, Chatter, Chitter, and Tipper.)
Jake ain’t much on courtin. (Jake Stiles and Pap’s Mother-my Mamaw-Marie Wilson)
When she fell, she stove up her arm. (Chatter)
We had a good day, for we went on a picnic. (Miss Cindy’s Mother-The Deer Hunter’s Grandmother-Bonnie Mease.)
Don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know if you’re familiar with the phrases. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine life without them.
Portions of this post were originally published here on the Blind Pig in 2008.