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Words: When t'Google is not enough

I didn't find a word about 'a bait of greens' on the search engine, but resort to a higher authority yielded blessed assurance

By Ed Waggener

This morning, up at 2amCT to run a checklist on infirmities brought on by significant passages of time, I suspected I had early onset of brain softening when I started the day off with a breakfast of leftover shoulder from Ol' Joe's and became confused over the description of the amount I had.

I was writing that I had had a "bait of of leftover shoulder from Ol' Joe's" and then worried if the word police would call my hand on "bait," or "bate." Generally, one can confirm any fool notion on Google. But I could not find the word "bait," so used. Fortunately, I remembered to consult a Higher Authority, "Jim."

Here's what he wrote back:
As I've stated before, the language of my childhood days in the Sacred Triangle is honey-sweet on my lips and music of a thousand harps to my ears. My goodness, the times I've heard my folks & others of their generation use the expression "bait of greens" and its double first cousin, "bait of sallet". It brought back a lot of memories, it did, along with a pang of pining for the somewhat gentler days of yore.

What I'd give for a big bait of my Mama's freshly picked and freshly cooked greens seasoned with fatback, fresh-from-the-oven cornbread slathered with butter (the real McCoy, not that namby-pamby food-dyed artificial "oreo" crap what Kroger and IGA and their ilk foist off on an unsuspecting public), and a plateful of just-plucked green onions.

Oh, that earth were Paradise enou.

I hope you took a few bites of Joe's best for me. You may recall these words from Cyrus about Buckeye barbecue:

"I can't adequately describe what passes for barbecue here, but Phleabite, my dog with the iron constitution, took one quick sniff of some and ran out to the garden to dig up a few turnips for his supper."

Damn smart dog, ol' Phleabite.

Damned smart wordsman, Jim! By 7amCT, the world was right. I am relieved that brainpower is as stout as set up souse, that the South Central Kentucky tongue is still mumbled as she had ought to be, and that I can look forward to many more healthy baits of pickle dog as the 10593 day countdown commences to begin. -Ed

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B&B Que: Something needs to be did

2011-03-06 - 849 Campbellsville RD, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Cook it right and they will come: Two months of pent up Barbecue Cravings created parking pandemonium at Ol' Joe's B&B Que on Friday, March 4, 2011, when the famed restaurant reopened after being closed for over two months, leaving not a nearby parking place to be found. The restaurant shuts down after the third week of December each year, but will be open now every 1st and 3rd Friday and Saturday the rest of the year.

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