A couple weeks back Jeanne left this comment:
“Have I missed a discussion about “jack”. What kind of things are torn up when the wind tears up jack? Also, we all made a lot of racket when growing up in Wisconsin. Still a lot of racket when the Packers play.”
In this post I said “I’ve always been fascinated with the wind. Oh I’m not talking about the kind that blows down trees and tears up jack.”
That’s the sentence that made Jeanne ask her question.
Tear up Jack is a saying I’ve heard all my life. What does it mean? If something tears up Jack it leaves destruction in its wake.
The word Jack is used in other Appalachian phrases too.
- You don’t know Jack means you don’t know nothing
- You can Jack someone up which means you scold or find fault with them
- Before you could say Jack Robinson means something occurred very quickly
- You can Jack someones jaw which means connect your fist with their face
- And then there’s the popular expletive Jack sh*t
I’m sure I didn’t cover all the Jack sayings. If you think of one please leave a comment.