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Mr. Blackwell's Weekly Appalachian-American Thesaurus, Week #3

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Go to fullsize imageIf you grew up in the deep South, as I did, you're aware of the unique quirks of our native dialect. Mark Twain hit on some of it, Jeff Foxworthy has built a career on it, and the entire cast of Hee Haw continues to celebrate it weekly on RFD TV.

Today's words (quite unintentionally associated with food):

Dinner: noun; The midday meal. Known as "lunch" by everyone outside the rural South.

Supper: noun; The evening meal. Known as "dinner" by everyone outside the rural South, except in biblical times.

Sweetmilk: adjective / noun combination; Whole milk. Cow's milk with no butterfat removed, differentiated from buttermilk by taste & consistency. I was in high school before I knew these were two separate words.

Pone: noun; The general measurement of a family-size quantity of cornbread, coincidentially the exact diameter and thickness of a #12 iron skillet.

Sodiecracker: adjective / noun combination; Bland, square, well-salted, almost tasteless snack which is now popularly known as a "Saltine". Goes particularly well with Vienna sausages and pork & beans, especially when eaten outdoors near a river or a campfire. 

Loafbread: adjective / noun combination; Also popularly known as "whitebread". Highest and best use is to encase a bread-sized slice of a Better Boy tomato, well-salted, between two slices, with a generous dollop of mayonnaise in between.  Goes well with a fruit-jar of sweetmilk, for either dinner or supper. Often also consumed at breakfast by adding lettuce, bacon, and a side of grits, no sugar, please. (It's not that sugar is bad for our health. It's just plain wrong).

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North Metro Atlanta community banker, Woodstock, GA


Barbara Flannery
USA Realty,Inc. - London, KY
"Homes for Everyone In London Kentucky"

Hi Clark, I Love your post, the sad part is I knew all the definitions as soon as I read the words. We still use most of these words in Kentucky.


May 06, 2009 02:19 PM
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Oh I loved this! My grandma ALWAYS said sweet milk..of course I'm off to find post 1 & 2.  Thanks!

May 06, 2009 04:43 PM
Clark Blackwell
Crescent Bank & Trust - Woodstock, GA

Barbara- Around the end of June, the roasneers orta be tasslin' in KY, and the coons & possums'll be havin' a feast. Thank you for reading my post!

Kathleen- Do ya'll still drink co-colas at dinner in South C'lina, or is it "pop"? Thank you for reading my post!

May 07, 2009 01:13 AM