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Carry/Pack. Holp. Ranch. Truth with the bark on it

By "Jim"

  • Carry: transport. As, I carried Mama to see Dr. Gose yesterday.

  • Pack: carry. As, Joe packed in enough farwood yesterday to do the weekend.

  • Holp (vestigial Elizabethan English): past tense of "help" , as Willie holp me cut tobacco last week.

  • Ranch:
    1. To perform perfunctory ablutions As, Sam stopped at the water pump and ranched his hands before he went in the house.
    2. To painfully twist. As, Bill ranched his back hauling hay.
    3. A handy devise for mechanical work As, Joe bought several screwdrivers and a set of box-end ranches.

  • The truth with the bark on it: One of my sainted Mama's favorite expressions. This was her version of Sgt. Joe Friday's (in)famous line, "Just the facts, Ma'am". Mama was a lady and gentle soul, but you didn't want to be on the receiving end of any such truth. She was was a grandmaster of the art and mystery of calmly and quite without rancor delivering "just the facts" sans sugar coating or bowdlerization, and as a general rule, the recipient lost more skin than a body might want to at any given time. Indeed, Mama's "truth with the bark on it" had considerable bite.

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