It’s been over six months that I’ve been living and working in the Cumberland Gap area. And I think I’ve acclimated pretty well! So much so that I’ve picked up on a few of those Appalachian words and phrases. Hey family and friends – when you see me next – don’t be surprised if you hear a little bit of that hillbilly twang in me!
Appalachian Words and Phrases:
- “bless her heart”
People will follow up the worst possible insult with “Bless her heart” so they feel no guilt about the horrible things they’ve said.
- “don’t even have a pot to piss in”
Example: She can’t afford a new shirt. She don’t even have a pot to piss in.
- “done did that”
Definition: already did it.
Example: “I already done did that.” or “I done did that yesterday.”
- “dumber than a sack of rocks”
Definition: getting ready
Example: “I’m fixin’ to go to McDonalds for dinner.”
Definition: to push
Example: “Mash the button in the car to turn the defroster on.”
Side note: Out here, they call any soda a “Coke.” So if you ask the waitress to bring you a “Coke,” they will ask you what kind.
Example: “Do you see them hills over yonder?”
- “tore up”
Definition: feeling upset
Example: “She was so tore up that she started crying in the middle of her speech.”
Definition: smiled or laughed. Not necessarily any touching involved.
Example: “I was so tickled by her story.
Definition: you one’s. Plural of you. Similar to y’all. Pronounced “yunz.”
Example: “Are you’ns ordering from Mark’s today?”
Questions of the Day:
- Are you familiar with this Appalachian slang?
- If so, what other words or phrases would you add to this list?