Have you ever been around someone who used the same word or words in every sentence? Years ago, I was introduced to a man who at the end of every sentence said and what not. I remember being obsessed with listening to him. I wanted to see if just once he wouldn’t say and what not. It never happened. He said the phrase at the end of every sentence just like clock work.
A few other habitual sayings I’ve heard:
- you know
- you know what I’m saying
- now it’n it
- ah or uh
- the thing is
I’m sure you’ve heard some of the ones I mentioned, but sometimes folks habitually say things that aren’t so common.
When Pap was growing up, Old Man Bud Baker lived over in the next holler. Pap said everyone loved Bud because he was a lot of fun to be around. Bud’s habitual saying was si hell. Pap said no matter what Bud was telling or talking about he always started it with si hell.
Pap said one day Bud came around telling “Si hell I killed a rattlesnake that was 5 foot long yesterday.” Pap’s father, Wade, said he didn’t really believe there were rattlesnakes that big. Bud answered back “Si hell I know it was cause I measured it.”
Another elder from Pap’s childhood named George was fond of saying now I hell at the beginning of his sentences. Actually Pap said George’s entire family took up the habit of saying now I hell.
George lived at the head of Pinelog and one day a trader came to see him about buying a milk cow. The trader asked if the cow was a good milker and George told him “Now I hell she gives a waste of milk.” Taking George’s comment to mean the cow gave to much milk to use the trader bought the cow.
Didn’t take long for the trader to figure out the cow wasn’t a good milker. He soon came around to ask about the cow’s lack of milk. George said “Now I hell I told you she gives a waste of milk. She gives enough to cream your coffee but not enough to make gravy!”
L.C. who was Pap’s best friend was known for saying I tell you what at the start of his sentences.
After listening to the recording of Luke Bauserman interviewing me it’s pretty obvious I’ve picked up the habit of saying you know.
Do you have a habitual saying or know someone who does?