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The language of the country folks
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Clod    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:23:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes it is hard to know what a person is saying from other parts of the country,Even Texas has several ways of saying things in each part of the state.I was clearing woods on a dozer in North Texas and a local old man had a dozer there working with us.He stopped his dozer and started out to the woods.I said hey mister,,What happened? He said Aw,,Nothing,,I'm just going put out some wolf bait.

Ron/PA    Posted 06-27-2003 at 05:24:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't know that Wolves would eat "woods poopies"

Clod    Posted 06-27-2003 at 06:15:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
It took me awhile to figger out what the old guy meant.

magpie    Posted 06-26-2003 at 20:22:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Being Canadian we have a few saying and words that differ from one location to the other. Skookum is a seldom used expression any more, it means big or strong. Lots of Canadians say "ay" at the end of each sentence, I don't know why it seems to serve no purpose. My wife and I always argue about the evening meal, to me it's supper to her it's dinner. She calls underpants gonches, I call em shorts. A Canadian will usually say put out the light, instead of turn it out. Decal is pronounced deck-al like heckle instead of dee-cal. In Alberta a cinch or load binder is called a boomer, and the pipe to lever it shut is a snipe. But as different as we all talk we can usually understand each other.

Clod    Posted 06-27-2003 at 06:19:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
My mom used to say ONPLUG that fan.

cowgirlj    Posted 06-26-2003 at 15:20:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
With me being from Western Canada, and my DH (darling hubby) being from the Southern States, I get a real kick out of some of his sayings. My all time favorite, is when he doesn't clearly hear me, or understand what I've said, and he says "say what?"
I look him straight in the eye, and say....."what".

jarvis bal    Posted 09-14-2004 at 08:09:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thats very coolk

screaminghollow    Posted 06-26-2003 at 19:26:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now, I went to North Dakota for a visit about ten years ago. The guy in charge of the campground asked " Where's your hoom?" Baffled me for a minute til I figured out that he meant "where's your home." Then I noticed several of them fellas and the some of the Canadians there said "aboot" instead of "about." 'Course, I bet they were rollin' their eyes behind my back about my Virginia accent. If i'd talked with the PA Dutch accent I grew up with, they'd a never figured out what I was saying. Some folks from down Phila. way "warsh" their faces with soap and "wooder" They also wish folks a "murray" Christmas. and go fer rides on a "furry" boat.

Redneck    Posted 06-26-2003 at 10:36:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hear folks from up north say "he run him over".Another is "close the lights"The one that gets me is saying "he was going 85 miles when he was stopped for speeding".

screaminghollow    Posted 06-26-2003 at 19:17:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
'round here, it's "outen the lights."

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:43:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had to read that first one a couple times...

Like, "he run him over to the store." Or "I run him over to the store" meaning I took him, usually in the car.

Redneck    Posted 06-26-2003 at 13:20:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nah,meaning like run over him with a wheel.I tried to dodge that possum but I run him over....

WallSal55    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:50:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Boy, am I laughing at myself! How many times do I say, "Sure I'll run you over to P-town!"

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 12:32:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Double laughs, down here P-town is a specific place and has a specific context of being the homo$exual capital of MA. If ever you should catch a news item produced here and even mentioning homo$exuality they'll be sure to have some P-Town reference.

Jim(MO)    Posted 06-26-2003 at 09:11:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife is constantly on me for saying the "crotch" in the tree instead of the "Y" in the tree. I dunno, grew up less than 100 miles apart. Sometimes something is kittycorner sometimes katycorner. All the same to me. Catywampus is my favorite though.

WallSal55    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:55:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wow, it's crotch of the tree and kittycorner here, too. (N. Cent. IL)

Maggie/TX    Posted 06-26-2003 at 13:30:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, it's 'crotch' of the tree in Alabama, too. I never thought there was anything wrong with using that word in referring to a tree, as my parents said it and they didn't cuss at all.

Lenore    Posted 06-26-2003 at 13:42:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi there Miss Maggie!
I sort of imagine the word "crotch" originally referred to the space between two limbs of a tree.
I wonder who decided to move it over to the space between two limbs of a human.
Just my idea, I could be wrong. :-0

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 13:50:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know,,You got me stumped.

KellyGa    Posted 06-26-2003 at 08:51:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I am guilty of a bad word or two when I get upset. FUnny litte story happened just last week. I put out a lot of birdfood for the critters, which sometimes attract unwanted critters, like rats, so I had been catching nearly one ever day, and I would get all excited and say " I got you ,you little bastard! " And would proceed to drown him in a wheelbarrow of water (I use no kill traps incase I get a bird or a squirrel) Well, my daughter not knowing any better was catching fireflies the other night with me and I THOUGHT I heard her say it, and then I listened again, and she was saying just that except to the fireflies, so... once I told her I was sorry, I shouldnt saythat around her, that that was a bad word, she said, Oh.. OK...and stopped saying it! Got to watch my excited mouth!

cowgirlj    Posted 06-27-2003 at 07:49:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That reminded me of when my best friend's litle girl was almost 2. She loved to follow her Daddy around the ranch, and "help" with the chores. Well one day, she was tagging along. The dogs had knocked over the garbage cans, and her Daddy was yelling at them. "What did you do that for? You stupid sh-ts! And along comes baby girl, marching behind Daddy, sing to a made-up tune....tupid sh-t, tupid sh-t, tupid sh-t.

screaminghollow    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:48:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Once asked an accident victim about her injuries and she replied that her back was really givin' her "down the country." She later explained that such was a North Carolina "thang." Around here when they talk about a vacation or weekend along the Atlantic ocean they say they're "going down the shore." Also in eastern PA, when they say "next thursday," they mean the thurs of next week, not "this" thursday which is the thursday this week. And the one that really kills me is when someone says, "You didn't do that did you?" In one area saying "yes" means I did do it and in another area it means "yes, I didn't do it" The Pa Dutch make a statement into a queastion by adding "aint" on the end. IE "It's hot out, aint?" around some areas of PA, they would go "Its hot out, say?" Near Dubois, PA, NW part of the state, If you said "It's hot out!" they would reply "I was gonna say." not what they were goona say they just stop at say. Here in Southeastern PA cocacola is soda, in western PA it's pop, here a small paper bag is just that a bag, out in Western PA it's a sack. here its a rubber band, there its a gum band. And when a co-wotrker invites you to go along to lunch, he sticks his head in the office and says, "Jeet yet?" An abreviated form of "Didja eat yet?"

WallSal55    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:58:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe that's why I got so much correcting in
English class. PA Dutch descent possibly and ain't was always said at our house, anywhere in a

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:40:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't curse much, but when I do they sure rattle out. I figure I'm saving up most of the time so when I need them they're be fresh and powerful.
My parents and grandparents don't/didn't swear much. I remember my Uncle Mike, Grandpop's brother would say "That son of a w#ore" and when he was really excited it was "Jumpin Jesus, Bald Headed Christ".
The worst my grandfather would ever say was "Christ Allmighty" and that was usually reserved for when my cousin Tom and I were bleeding.

Interesting note...Jimbob    Posted 06-26-2003 at 06:14:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
I been married to my country raised wife for 18 years. I never heard her say a sware word.

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 06:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes..My mom never did either..Nor does my pal Lenore.But neither has had an army sargent for lessons in diplomatic speach.

Lenore    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:04:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I always had a fresh pot of coffee going in my office when I had a business in our small town.
So folks would drop by and have coffee and say goodmorning.
One man who came by cussed every other word.
Like someone said he used them as adjectives, verbs, nouns, etc.
It was just a habit with him.
Everyone sort of tolerated it.
Being in Texas most gentlemen dont talk that way in a ladies' presence.
This man was not even aware of it.
Well that July I got "saved, born again" and it really began to bother me.
Especially the G*D D*ms, and the f*s.
I was not quite sure how to deal with it.
I had a big file cabinet near my desk and I kept little cartoons on it.
Everyone always checked to see what cartoon I had found.
So I took a nice sheet of copy papaer and in a thick black pen I made a sign for the file cabinet:

"*&*@@^&*%#^%$@ iu&@^&&$%#%#"

The next time he came by; he did not say one bad word.
Of course, I noticed he did not stop for coffee as often either.

Jimbob    Posted 06-25-2003 at 20:32:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Traveled all over the USA. Words have different meanings in different areas. Say SOB (like some city folk does) in Virginia & the country folk will take that with huge disrespect & personal even when not directed at anyone!

I saved a large job over this & removed a person from the field who said SOB too much.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-25-2003 at 21:16:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, bad language is one of my pet peeves - indicates to the listener that the speaker hasn't gained a sufficient command of the language to know how to feel comfortable communicating without swearing and anyone in such a deplorable condition probably should repair posthaste to the profanitarium - if i had somedambody like that representing my outfit, i'd likely just fire the SOB - heh heh

Paula    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:58:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I like swear words. I am very well spoken, raised
speaking the Queen's english. However, I find that
sometimes a swear word speaks volumes in a way that
another word would not. A good example (not a swear
word) is the word "stuff". Normally used stuff means
'this collection of things for which I can find no collective
noun - "what are we going to do with all this stuff?"''.
But stuff can be used in a different sense, "the STUFF
of life" is profound and powerful - expressing something
almost beyond our ken. So its like that for me with
swear words.

Ooh, I just thought of an example. Lately I've been
fighting with the appraisers over my small but costly
houseplan (not overly costly, but not trailer cheap). I
expressed my frustration to friend thusly:
"Why is it that when you're trying to do your thing,
someone will go out of his way to F&*CK with it?"

Didn't use the f word for lack of a better word. I
absolutely meant in the crudest most violating sense
how I felt at the moment.

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:37:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've got a couple words I reserve special for when I'm feeling especially agravated. I find them so offensive that I won't even fake 'em here, rest assured they both refer to a woman's anatomy.

Well theres an interesting thought. Why do the two words I find most offensive, and I'd guess most people do also, why do they refer to a woman's anatomy? Wierd.

cute...    Posted 06-26-2003 at 03:15:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
True story that I hope won't offend anybody, but I think helps make the point:

I had a roommate in college who was from the Bronx. I was shocked to hear him talk at first; literally every third word was the "f-word." He used it as noun, verb, adjective, you-name-it. Great guy, but just unnerving at first to a kid from the sticks.

Then around holiday time, his Mom came up to visit for the first time. He introduced her, and she looked me in the eye, smiled and didn't give it a second thought when she said "glad to meet you, Tom, how the "f" are you?" That was when I learned the lesson about speaking in different parts of the country.

Tom A

Ludwig    Posted 06-26-2003 at 07:36:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
Reminds me of my only college roommate. I started in the winter semester so I got moved in with a fellow who'd already been in school for half a year. I'd kind of guessed he was a black guy from the "Tribe Called Quest" posters on the wall. Point(his real name was Bill, but everybody, including his parents called him Point) didn't come back to school the same day I did, he came the next morning. I had gotten up early and was reading when he came in. I introduced myself and he just stared at me for a minute. You should know that it was already told to me that Point would be moving into another room with one of his friends later that day, we were only roommates for 15 minutes. Finally Point says "They told me your name is Curtis." I replied "Well, yeah, but everbody calls me Curt."
Point got this real perpelxed look on his face, "But your white!"
At this point his Dad pushed in, he was about 55 years old, dressed very nicely in a 1950s sort of style like you see in the old news footage, hat and everything. He says, with no trace of Point's street accent "I'm sorry, you'll have to excuse my son, he's a moron."

Incidentally, Point moved across the hall and we got along famously the rest of the year.

Jimbob    Posted 06-26-2003 at 06:13:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is

Redneck    Posted 06-26-2003 at 03:53:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
When in Rome,act as the way you now is right.Them dang Georgia people get riled easy.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 04:45:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't mind some cussin'. Sometimes a cuss word is the only dam* thing that will get the point across, but the f word and the mf word are a little extreme. I'm just not comfortable with those two.

rhouston    Posted 06-26-2003 at 08:00:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
MF word is what I call anything I bang my head into. followed by POS.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 08:17:24       [Reply]  [No Email], I guess that would be called for. I usually say SOB, followed by a laughing at myself for not watching what I was doing. My father, 6'4" named all the potted plants in the house. All of them were named SOB for just the reason you described. He'd say SOB! Thne he'd yank them down and chunk 'em as far as he could.

I think I was about twelve when mom switched permanenetly to table pots.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 08:23:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
By the way, houston...yours is another name I've missed seeing.

rhouston    Posted 06-26-2003 at 11:56:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks it's nice to be missed. I come and go as time permits. You were absent for awhile also.

Richard c    Posted 06-26-2003 at 10:55:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My wife said when she was a little girl in school she said *Damn* about something or other. Well her teacher told her that they don't use cuss words in school. Well she quickly informed her that, that was not a cuss word cause her mom says it and she dont cuss. I love that one.

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 13:07:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I am such a gentleman..My IP went out today ..No notice..After several hours of trying and working on my PC it came on..I found out it was those folks fault.AND HERE IS WHAT I WOULD SAY TO THE MAN IN CHARGE..Sir! I hope a flie lands on the brim of your coffee cup.,,,,,, But I hope he burns his lips.Thank you for the late notice Sir,,,,<<<<<<<<<<< That is how I would speak to him,,But at the time of the problem I was not thinking of a silly statement like that..It is good to wait awhile and think before you speak with your emotions. Sometimes I have to wait several hours.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 14:35:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Amen to that.

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 15:11:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
I keep thinking Ludwig can play piano.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 16:54:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
That made me laugh. I had that same thought the first time I saw his name. Reckon we should ask him? Everybody keeps telling me mine is spelled wrong.

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 18:26:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Would you kindly ask that man to move that tractor? (Either you ask or dont)Kindly might mean half way to some.

Cindi    Posted 06-26-2003 at 19:29:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pffft. I thought for a minute you were calling me 'kindly'. I started looking for a man with a tractor. :)

Clod    Posted 06-26-2003 at 20:01:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lenore dont get it either..The saying changes with time.Once it meant..Be nice and kind when you ask that man to move the tractor out of the gate. Then it changed to kindly pick up things around here..Meaning ,Pick up some of your stuff here.I guess that got no farther than south east Texas.But most know what KINDA means.

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