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Great Wooded South Lexicon X: Travel perils

Travel for erudite Kentuckians can be stressful when venturing among the unwashed, linguistically challenged, as Bradfordsvillians found when they ventured into far off Minnesota (more properly mumbled Minnansoda) and couldn't even get the answer to the most important question about breakfast.
Next earlier GWS Lexicon: Great Wooded South Lexicon IX: Bible says Words hold power of life and death

By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

Hopefully the Great Wooded South Lexicon can not only help those from off who have graced our shores, so to speak, but also can be of assistance for all of our own citizens traveling abroad in this great nation and thus help to avoid situations such as the following.


A friend of mine in Bradfordsville, located in Eastern Marion County right in the middle of the Muldraugh Knobs which is on the northern fringe of the Great Wooded South, relayed a story about a gentleman who rode shotgun for a man hauling cattle to the far off land of Minnesota.

This old gentleman inadvertently caused a scene just trying to ask a really nice waitress if the gravy was any count.

The waitress kept telling him how many biscuits and how many halves there would be with his order. The old gentleman understood that he might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer but he certainly knew that when you halve two biscuits you end up with four halves.

Fortunately, the truck driver acted as an interpreter in order to keep a lid on the situation.
  • Figger: to perform mathematical computations, to deliberately and seriously consider, and the female body shape

  • Figgers: numbers

  • Purddy: good looking, attractive, or in its adjective form, exceptionally

  • Purt nurt: close, near, or almost

  • Count: good or consequence
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 2011-06-12 05:39:36
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When you know you are Adair Countian



2011-06-12 - Shelbyville, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener.
Salvation on Big Creek, linguistically speaking: Adair Countian Mary Keltner remembers exactly when she realized for sure, she was finally an Adair Countian, through and through. "I was talking with Jim (James Howard Keltner)," she said, and I asked him, "Are the po-leece going to do anything about it?" and a little later it came to her what had just happened, and adds, "I knew right then I belonged in Gradyville." In her native Chicago, they say, "puh-lees," the way it's generally mismumbled by national Tv anchors, even Diane Sawyer, who's just two generations out of Metcalfe County, and oughta knowed better.

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