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Sunday, June 9, 2013
In reference to the search for off-the-beaten-path regional sayings (the May 25 CornerShot), I’d like to throw in my two cents’ worth of West Virginia favorites.
“Big ole,” like “That’s a big ole tree/car/house over there.”
“ 'Member when,” such as “ 'Member when me an’ Kim went swimmin’ last year? 'At water was mighty cold there.”
Which brings us to the way West Virginians talk in general, meaning they don’t always say the beginning or ending of words, especially words that end with “ing” or “and” or “at.” Examples are talkin’, singin’, and ’at for that.
“Lord have mercy” and “I swanny” are good ones to have handy when something major happens.
“Lord have mercy! Did you an’ mom-maw see 'at big ole tree fall on Dave an’ daddy when they was hoppin’ off 'at truck? I swanny!”
I’ve got a bachelor’s degree in English but still talk that good ole West Virginia way — an’ will never be embarrassed by it, neither!
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