Post by sisterofcarlene on May 4, 2009 22:03:58 GMT -5
I read James Still's short book, Way Down Yonder on Troublesome Creek again today. I wonder if we could start a thread about Appalachian words and sayings we thought we'd never forget, but are forgetting.
I'll start. I remember Daddy asking for "Arsh" potatoes. I did not know for many years that it was Irish potatoes.
Post by sisterofcarlene on May 6, 2009 15:22:02 GMT -5
I hadn't heard the word "founder"in many years. It is a perfectly good word and in Webster's. I just had not heard it used again until I was with Hazard family. "No thank you on the beans, I foundered on them."
most of the words are passed down from our families descents and the way they pronounced them I remeber a neighbor saying his mother and father said Bertter for butter and burse for bus I think they were of Scottish descent and have you ever heard someone call a sink a zink?
Post by sisterofcarlene on May 6, 2009 22:51:48 GMT -5
Thanks, Ary Girl57, for reminding me that many of our words and sayings are passed on to us through generations. James Still says some are found in the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer and the dramas of William Shakespeare.
I read somewhere years ago that the words and sayings of Eastern Kentucky and Applachia came from Elizabethan English. I found that to be interesting. We have so many sayings but right now my mind has ceased working.
We were invited to a cookout and somebody asked us if we liked roasting ears. Me nor my husband knew what she was talking about and then we saw the corn. Then we figured she meant " roashneers" I still call corn on the cob roashneers. That is just what it is.