Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  

Great Wooded South Lexicon VII: Pull the ears back, plus more

Previous Lexicon: Great Wooded South Lexicon VI: Borrying from Cumberland Co., KY
Next Lexicon: Great Wooded South Lexicon VIII: Some angried up words

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

More and more I am becoming cognizant of the reality that the dialect we speak here in the Great Wooded South is special and simply must be embraced, cherished and preserved much the same as Bostonians have done with their Boston Brogue.

More and more it is becoming evident that we not only pronounce many words differently but that we actually have coined many unique words and phrases.
  • Wore out: tired, exhausted, punished as in spanking a child or a complete victory in a physical battle.

  • Pull the ears back: to accelerate quickly either utilizing a motorized vehicle, a horse or on foot.

  • Ham meat: country ham after it has been cooked and set on the table.

  • Sprang: a natural flow of water coming from the earth on its own accord

  • Simons: fried patties made of salmon and other ingredients
More local, language, lexicon enlighteners forthcoming as the need comes to our attention and I am thankful for all the help from CM readers and contributors. I am inspired and enlightened daily by CM and all those who make it such a special gathering place. -Billy Joe Fudge

This story was posted on 2011-05-22 13:26:55
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


Quick Links to Popular Features

Looking for a story or picture?
Try our Photo Archive or our Stories Archive for all the information that's appeared on


Contact us: Columbia Magazine and are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270.403.0017

Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.