Appalachian English


Talking about like that like we had some wood out
in the yard. Instead of saying “carry it in the house”
you’d say “tote it in the house” and like if you had something that you wanted to put
in a paper bag, you’d put in a paper “poke” you know instead of a paper bag. Well, the way people talk around here, I guess
it’d be what more like you’d call hillbilly style or something, I guess, I don’t know. It’s just Mountain Talk. Most of your local people have your Mountain
Talk. That’s the way you can tell the mountain people
from your outsiders, by their language they use. Say, “I’ll see ya over yonder.” That means I’ll see you like in Waynesville. It’s a Mountain Talk, kinda. Never nothing stops, it’s like a-singin’,
you know. We’re kinda like we’re singing. Lida said we’re singing, not talking. Ya, I like my moped. Everybody hears about Graham County, don’t they? How good the people is, how they’ll help you. I run into people I don’t know, never seen
them in my life, and I help them in any way I can. Somebody said, one day you’ll get knocked in the
head, I said, “well, if I do, I’m just knocked.” We’re just good-hearted. Everybody you meet, just 99% of them. If I didn’t live here, I’d move, wouldn’t
you? Where you gonna go on vacation? If I was gonna go on vacation I’d just stay
right around here. Wouldn’t mind this all the time anyhow. We are 20 years behind the whole country. But I wouldn’t swap places with nobody. I feel much more comfortable here being 20
years behind everybody than I would be a-settlin’ a lot of places and being so miserable. You don’t like your neighbor, you don’t speak
to your neighbor, you’re bitter with the world. Atlanta’s a good example. Or Raleigh. You drive down the street and everybody’s
wide open, blowing their horns and don’t know nobody and don’t want to know nobody and don’t
care about nobody. It’s quite a bit different up here. Well I Iived in Washington, D.C. about four
and a half years and I’d just as soon be in hell with my back broke than live there. People are so good to each other here. Many of the words and expressions in Mountain
Speech are unfamiliar to outsiders. Scots Irish settlers brought much of the vocabulary
from Europe, but many new words and expressions were invented here by their descendants. There’s just somebody coming up with a strange
word is what it means. I mean let’s say you’re trying to get something
done, you’re building something. And you’ll take a look at it, like the word
sigogglin. You’re looking at it and it’s all out of line
and you might just come up with a word “sigogglin”. I do that myself. Can’t think of anything right off, but I come
up with a lot of new words myself and so you get somebody standing around, they hear that
and okay it’s sigogglin. Say a carpenter’s done a real poor job and
then you say that’s all sigogglin. You know, he didn’t have his walls straight or They’d stand back and look with something
angled like, they’d say, “That thing’s sigogglin” They’d say, “I want you to look.” I’d say, “What is it?” If you’re building some kind of, so that’s
sigogglin right yonder. And so that old road going up there, say that
thing’s sigogglin. My grandmother, she’s always talking about
people being stout. Or gaint. She used words like “peckerwood”. If it’s somebody she didn’t like, she’d call
him a peckerwood. If it’s somebody she didn’t know but he’s
probably alright, she didn’t have any animosity for him, she’d say, “He is a jasper.” “There’s this jasper come by here this morning
and knocked on the door,” you know. But if it was a salesman, “There’s this peckerwood
out there on the porch.” It’s like people used to, you know, like you
go in a store, say “put it in the bag”? Old people says you put in a poke. That’s a bag. I used to go to the store, walk two miles,
the store, when I was a kid and carry a 25 pound poke of flour home. That’s “fler”, by the way, not “flour”. And me and my two sisters, one brother, we’d
be a-waiting on them at the house to get our candy. Saul, the older man I was talking about, had
a little poke of candy. He said, “Well I forgot to get anything!” But we’d scream! “Oh here it is!” “Plumb” was a common word when I was growing
up. Plumb this and plumb that and you’d get “plumb
over there.” “Well, he was just plumb wore out.” And that copper mine, that vein, they tunneled
under the ground plumb out through here to Snowbird. Like the wind was a-blowing. You know, a lot of air. They’d say it’s very airish outside. Airish? It means it’s a little bit chilly outside. It means, it’s airish, it means it’s chilly
today. It’s airish today right now as we speak. The air is blowing and breezy. A good one, you know a good one, you’d go
to the store and buy a coke? They’d call them dopes back then. I don’t know if you’d ever hear anybody say
that or not. That’s what we drank when I was a kid and
it was called, they had Nehi, they had Pepsi-Cola, Royal Crown Cola, a lot of them, that was dope. Oh, a dope! You’re talking about like a soda pop, soda
water, yeah. Yeah, soda water, yeah. Dope. That’s all they ever call them around here
as a kid. Now if you go up toward Ernestine’s place up there, Stop along there about where you turn up to
Tony’s there in them pine patch, right, along with that log house, you’ll probably see a boomer
right there. A lady came through and she said, “Oh,” I
said, “that’s a pretty boomer.” She said, “A boomer? What’s a boomer?” You know what a boomer is, don’t you? You ever see one? What’s a boomer? [laughter] They make a lot of chatting noises, they’re
about the size of a wharf rat. A wharf rat? Yeah, a wharf rat. Big old rat. A boomer is like a little squirrel. It’s not a squirrel. It’s a mix between a grey squirrel and a chipmunk. Except it’s red. Can you eat them? Yeah. She said, “That’s a red squirrel.” I said, “Well, to me that’s a boomer.” We always called it boomers. Say it’s an old scald. That mean that’s old dead land, won’t grow
nothing, you know? We call it scald. I don’t know if any of you ever heard that,
or I know you have. Call it a scald, poor land. That’s like the carburetor in my van, all
gaumed up with all that old dirty stuff. Gaum. It means like all cluttered up. Gaumed up. Yeah, that means it’s in a mess. That’s what I would’ve said. They didn’t know they were talking to such
educated folks, did they? Instead of saying yonder, you know, “over
yonder,” it’s “over yander.” Do you ever hear that word? Over yander? Yeah, well I say over yander. Yeah. My momma used to come up to use when we was
little and she’d say, “Goose? Or gander?” She’d pull each ear. If you say goose, she’d say pull it here, loose. And say gander, she’d pull it way over yander. They all know me. They’d say yander comes him a-riding
that Harley-Davidson. They think it’s a Harley.

100 comments on “Appalachian English”

  1. Capt. George says:

    Lack of education or inbreeding?

  2. Cori says:

    Sounds like home.

  3. Bruh says:

    You see kids Mtn Dew is created here. The folks of the new gen. wont understand this sentence

  4. Jeff B says:

    Nobody said the n word so they are not racist

  5. Jeff B says:

    Not a single SJW to be seen. Paradise.

  6. Jeff B says:

    these people would make me feel more loved and accepted than my regular family

  7. Mar 1700 says:

    Yeah I like my moped

  8. Keith Dougherty says:

    My Uncle is from SW VA near the NC border and if he decribed a location it was always "back over across the mountain" or "right over yonder".

  9. Danny Lowery says:

    The people in Robeson County have a dialect of this and the Ockacroke dialect. It's a trip.

  10. Gina Tiernan says:

    Love it! God bless y'all.

  11. BACKPACKRIDER says:

    The dude at 3:43 has me dying! So loud fast and animated.

  12. E Counts says:

    Jes soon be back broke living in hell than live anywhere else.

  13. Marcelo Gianbaptiste says:

    Gross…
    Just ew

  14. Ulyss Grant says:

    These people have much to teach the rest of us via their wisdom.

  15. NK Blödmann says:

    @3:30 Cattywampus

  16. Down-on-Luck 59 says:

    I understood all of this perfectly. I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC. Near the foothills. Sounds just like my Mamaw and papaw.

  17. LizardKing says:

    Vernacular english come from this? Cuz to me, as a non american, black people and this people sound very similar.

  18. Gopnik Boris says:

    6:23 sip yuhp wee ah boomer all-rieghtah

  19. Matt Helms says:

    Aint no different than Coastal Alabama/Northwest Florida speech.

  20. Mikah White says:

    The Appalachian people don't care what "outsiders" think. They are extremely independent and highly self sufficient. When the next civil war in America happens most of them will survive and most of you won't.

  21. Uncle Snappy says:

    The gent on the moped was Jim Tom. He's a trip and had a stroke some time ago but, is still wide open for his age. No issues came from it except it rattled his cage and woke him up some. I live where they talk like they sound on here. A's are O's and vice versa. So, the word counselor I've heard it pronounced cans-ler. I was told they speak so drawn out sounding so they don't speak so fast that nobody can understand what their saying. I call it lazy talking and a dumbed down dialect for those who mostly never made it to High school way back when. The dragging out of single words when a sentence is spoken sounds like they are an old record being played on semi-slow motion. Some words kill me when I hear them like the word home. They pronounce it down here as haome. The same with the word road. Ray-ode. Not easy to spell out like they say it. Schools are called Skuuze always said like you stick your bottom jaw way out to get that dummy draw sound out of the word. I always think of the bashing about black people speaking ebonics and can't understand them. Evidently, people other than ebonics speakers haven't listened to the destroyed English that should be the straight plain pronunciation of the words. I remember a friends daughter who came home crying one day from school and when we asked her what she's crying about she said she missed a 100% on her verbal spelling test from the lady teacher. She said I spelled the word the way she said it. We asked what was the word and she said the teacher said Nah-worth. The teacher was meaning the direction North but, put that long jaw draw uneducated sound with it and the kid missed that words correct spelling. I hear all these other accents if you may from all over the world and wonder how they can talk crap about ebonics when they've destroyed the English pronunciation of words by adding in some dumbed down type vocalization. I never see how they pronounce their words in a dictionary either. Faddish type dialect passed on every generation. It sounds uneducated and usually, that is the first impression they leave on "others" when we hear it. Southern hospitality is pure bullshit down here. It's every ass for themselves and that isn't any hospitality like an India joker owning a hotel for your hospitality. That isn't happening.

  22. Hayden Abraham says:

    I love you, WV! Always will be my home

  23. Kelley G says:

    Born and raised in Raleigh, NC black female. Language isn’t much different from our slang. Si-goggly, my gma said bunga-lunga-sunga-lunga! 😂😂

  24. Sue Knoll says:

    I used to like it better when you could tell what part of the country people were from by the way they talked. Now we are all just one crappy generic flatline.

  25. Pete Barrow says:

    Nobody mentioned the word "well", which is used to mean just about anything.

    "They say she weighed upwards of 400 pounds before she died."
    "We-yul."

    Could mean:

    "Poor old thing."
    "That's disgusting."
    "I don't believe you."

    What it really means is, "I don't want to say what I think. Figure it out from my tone of voice."

  26. LIGHTWeightServinKing says:

    Eastern Tennessee style

  27. RackwitzG says:

    Comparing the understandability of american dialects to the understandability of german dialects, the american dialects are easy, eventhough different. Germany fits into Cali three times. But a man from the north coast can barely understand someone from Bavaria only 700 miles south in the Alps. I guess that comes from the rather short time dialects had to "evolve" in the US.

  28. jojoblonix says:

    Man at :42 , i hope he remembered what page he was on.

  29. valhoundmom says:

    Ok. I grew up in PA, I guess that's why I know a lot of these words. Si gogglin' is a new one and wow! What great word.

  30. Misty Mockingbird says:

    I can understand these guys better than my black neighbors. Yeesh.

  31. Debbie grandma says:

    I grew up with most of this language. Grandma was from Kentucky.

  32. HADDR SKÒGR Boatbuilder says:

    I’m from the Dengie marshes in Essex England, you can hear so many similarities on this video to the old boys of the Dengie, unfortunately Essex has become an annex of East London and now everyone speaks Cockney/TOWIE. I wish someone had made recordings of old Essex 40-50 years ago…. oh and most people think of Essex people as having fake tans, bleached teeth and butt holes… 🥺

  33. Marcus Gault says:

    My fathers unmarried farming brother, who was intelligent and well read, also liked to make up words, if he could not fine a proper one that fitted the occasion, we regards ourselves as Ulster Scots btw., and the vernacular they are speaking is very familiar and 100% understood, by me. We would also pride ourselves as being a bit "thran an carnapcious" bytimes.

  34. Lori W. says:

    Im PROUD to be from the North Georgia Mountains! Im a bonfide ridge runner.👍

  35. Countess Ratzass says:

    This is why mountain folk tell the best tales and sing story songs. It doesn’t matter if it’s true—as long as it sounds good.

  36. Sarah Riedel says:

    "Skald" means poor land?? It means like a respected poet or bard in Scots! 😂

  37. Denise Brock says:

    Grew up in Alabama,but so many familiar terms in this video.My great grandfather was Scotch-Irish. And yes, I still use them proudly.

  38. Joshua Segal says:

    Y’all like my moped!

  39. Salto Del Puma says:

    Many irish indentured servants moved to West Virginia and the Appalachians after being freed, looking for land and settling opportunities.

  40. Kung Fu Kenny says:

    Long live the Ulster Scots.

  41. Dmeads 56 says:

    My family was from cabin creek WV and they all had this lingo. Since the 70s though we’ve moved into the Pittsburgh area and now we’re Yinzer/Appalachian speakers. Or as I call it, coal miner talk.

  42. Jack Dolah says:

    Holy shit those accent are fine as fuck! Smooth!!

  43. mOejOe33 says:

    It's not likely you'll encounter transgenderism or SJW in the region.

  44. Jose Vargas says:

    Hahaha 😱😄😂 I love Culture i am Mexican but i say conservation is the best.

  45. 420drwilldo says:

    I'm from south Louisiana my grandmother and father spoke Cajun French i wish they would have passed it on

  46. Peter Chen says:

    ignorant hillbillies? i dont know about that. did y'all vote for Trump?

  47. nocturnal cat says:

    i wanna meet up with a hillbilly gal instead of city garbage ! sorry

  48. George Linton says:

    We called it whopperjawed when it was all sigoggeled up.

  49. F3T says:

    I love it!

  50. Chris Ward says:

    Just love this accent and hope to visit and meet the people one day.

  51. Staci Meadows says:

    I'm laughing. I grew up in Oklahoma. Irish Cherokee. My family are mountain folk. I sound like em! I love this clip! "And I love toting things around in my pocket book!!" Lol God Bless

  52. Nelly Seda says:

    Sounds like Vietnamese

  53. Paul Hayden says:

    In 1972 my parents moved to Macon county NC. They were told it was the best place for child abusers. I was 9. It was a culture shook to me. It took several years to learn how to talk and hear what they said. My dad ran me out of NC in 82'. But to this day I can still talk and understand mountain talk.

  54. Louise says:

    Ernest T. Bass!

  55. lindsey lefrois says:

    Si-gogglin? Most of the time in that situation, I would say: "That's cock-eyed".

  56. Chara says:

    this is the language I grew up with.

  57. Eli Egbert says:

    This dialect is supposedly the closest surviving remant to old English

  58. Dynamac mc says:

    I live in south eastern Tennessee and a lot of people talk like this

  59. C E Wilson says:

    The mountain folks are descended from the scots.

  60. John Hyatt says:

    The mind of a sick asshole, and a mindless audience!

  61. BonzoDog67 Lizardking says:

    If only teachers in these regions introduced the difference between monosyllabic and polysyllabic, a lot of the Southern Accent would be impossible.

  62. Fancy’s Folly says:

    Airish can also mean one who puts on airs…

  63. Kyle Saldaña says:

    Ol popcorn Sutton

  64. Oliver Rosenkrantz says:

    The guy with the book give no shits about the wind turning the pages

  65. penn707 says:

    It’s like Ebonics for white people.

  66. Tracy Dimond says:

    As soon as this video started I recognized "pop corn" Sutton- he passed on a few years back and it's a shame. Popcorn is widely known in the moonshine community still. And the gentleman on the moped is Jim Tom, another moonshiner that many have learned how to make a good copper still from. I learned about these gentlemen watching a program appropriately named Moonshiners. Jim Tom always makes me smile, because he loves to sing and flirt with the women he meets (he's" ruint" for sure. Or as my Nanny, aka grandma, would say he's a mess.lol)

  67. Rafael Pinefa says:

    Like EBONICS ?
    " AX " the judge for probation ?
    " You got me TWISTEDIT " ?

  68. Erik Mc says:

    Jmo. These are good people that would give you the shirt off their back if they thought you were good hearted. These folks made this country great, working hard, fighting, and developing the land. Love it or leave it. Trump 2020

  69. Scottish Restorian says:

    a been you bum, in a Kinda lang sang , with a we edge

  70. T C says:

    "Well I asked my pappy why call it brew,
    White lightning, 'stead of mountain dew.
    I took on sip and then I knew,
    As my eyes bugged out and my face turned blue.
    Mighty, mighty pleasin', you're pappy's corn squeezin'
    White Lightning"

  71. Josefina Counts says:

    I remember hearing my grandmother say hisn and hern and I loved her dearly but thought she was just uneducated. When I studied to teach Spanish in school, I learned that I was the one uneducated. She was speaking the same way her ancestors spoke in old English. I am no longer so quick to judge. This was wonderful!

  72. Casper says:

    My papa was born and raised in the mountains.He built a house by hand, and lived off the land with his dad. im pretty familiar with some expressions and words, and I really enjoy listening to bluegrass.

  73. De Cnijf Kris says:

    smells shine…

  74. ned pepper says:

    A lot of the same words where i'm from in South Alabama.

    "Well, i tell ya wHat. I went down yonder to the store, got me a bellywasher of Coke, left err, went on down a piece to see granny, she wernt home so i said well hell i reckon i'd best go on home and feed up. Got ove err to the house, mailman parked all cattywampus in my damn grass. Anyhow, Jerryl and Scoot swung by with bout 4 gallons of shinny and i'll be damn if we didn't get as drunk as Cooter Brown."

  75. Simon Digon says:

    Does anyone know the name of the song at 1:10?

  76. Chaddons Chaddons says:

    I wonder how many students from this area get into Ivy-League or TOP 50 schools. I really really reeeeeeeeeeeeeallly doubt any.

  77. It's Private says:

    America is a complete open book. Everyone from around the planet that knows English watches YouTube videos and knows who we are and what we are about but we dont know shit about them

  78. Sempi Traum says:

    All these comments are about how Americans look down on these people and how terrible that is, but I yet to see a single comment actually looking down on these people.

    I think your savior complex is showing.

  79. Cindy Brodie says:

    That's great!

  80. mark rutter says:

    I see popcorn Sutton and jimtom from moonshiners

  81. Messenger says:

    Better live 20 years behind than in he'll with the lgbti movement.

  82. fredde3k says:

    The first one is Popcorn Sutton

  83. fredde3k says:

    Man with the moped. He trade his teeth for shine 😂👍

  84. Clever Name Here says:

    I didn't hear no britches

  85. God says:

    3:45 what is jim tom from moonshiners doing there

  86. saving1catatatime says:

    Side gogglin

  87. 1buck says:

    Damn i barely understand what they say

  88. African Twin says:

    Did i just saw popcorn Sutton moonshiner. And im from the stressfull boring EU.

  89. Matthew Emery says:

    love the mts matt from canada

  90. John Sorley says:

    The best people in the world.

  91. Navraj Gill says:

    This is cool, don't get me wrong. This IS cool. But its like the author writes a book or poem and it becomes a staple in education and examined WAYYY beyond the authors intwntions over its meaning and sub meanings etc.

    He said is best in the start, its just mountain talk and fascinating, but not a totally new language that needs to be preserved haha

  92. FrontStage says:

    You hear very similar stuff spoken in Ontario Canada.

  93. Julieta Ballester says:

    Irish/Scottish for sure.

  94. Kentucky 1950 says:

    Memories of my childhood and the folks talking together sitting on the front porch

  95. Val Rudolph says:

    I learned a new word today: “si-goggling”. Now who am I going to use it on?

  96. American Spartan says:

    Holy shit. I just realized my grandparents talk with a mild Appalachian accent and I didn’t even realize it😂

  97. John Smith says:

    Put it in a poke and pack it!

  98. NC Cruising says:

    Finest people ever. Scotch Irish

  99. Natalie Luders says:

    Boomers are kangaroos here in Australia

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