A adjective Usu of milk; soured.
1956 Hall Coll. Del Rio TN You cain’t drink it. It’s blinked. 1961 Seeman Arms of Mt 38 We are a long way from a cow; besides, without ice, the local milk turns “blinky” almost at once. 1973 Pederson et al. LAGS blinked (Cocke Co TN); blinky (Cocke Co TN). 1975 Chalmers Better 66 Souring milk is blinky. 1986 Pederson et al. LAGS 18 of 27 (66.7%) of LAGS speakers using blinked were from E Tenn; 4 of 11 (36%) of LAGS speakers using blinky were from E Tenn. 1995 Weber Rugged Hills 37 When we first moved here, Ruby-Noah introduced us to an expression that took us a while to figure out. Eventually, however, I realized that when she said “blinked milk” she meant milk that had gone a little sour. “My father truly enjoyed blinked milk,” Ruby-Noah told me. “He’d put it on a big piece of corn bread for supper.”
B noun Soured milk.
1917 Kephart Word-list 408 blinky = milk slightly soured.
I grew up in a family that used the word blinked for describing milk that had gone bad. Pap and Granny both used the word to describe milk that had spoiled or just had a funny taste to it. These days there’s so many preservatives in milk you’d think it’d never go bad, but it does on occasion.
I never gave any thought to how the term originated, but a few weeks back I found the following description in an old Foxfire Magazine:
“Blinky milk-that’s sour milk. Turning milk creates eye-bubbles. When the bubbles start blinking at you it’s read to churn.”
Foxfire Fall 1988 – Mountain Horse Sense 165
Wonder if that really is the origination of blinked milk? Makes sense to me.