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


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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


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