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Time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test.


Decoration-putting flowers on graves. "Next Sunday is Decoration up at Bethel Baptist-are you going?"
Dinner-lunch. "Pap fixed fried taters and cornbread for dinner today."
Dodger-a piece of baked bread. "All the boy had for dinner was a dodger and an apple."
Druthers-rather, choice. "If I had my druthers-I'd stay home from work today."
Dreckly/Directly-in a little while. "Granny said she'd be back from the store directly."

I'm familiar with all of this month's words-except #3-I thought a Dodger was a baseball player. I'm interested to see what you think of #2-to describe daily meals I say-Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper-what about you?

Hope you'll leave me a comment about your thoughts on this month's list of words. To see the other tests click here and scroll down.

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Comment by Tipper on May 8, 2009 at 5:56pm
Sallie-yes a corn dodger counts!


I've heard rimption before-way back sometime-and now its like a feather tickling my brain for me to remember who I used to be around that said it. For some reason I don't think it was a family member. I hope my brain retrieves the information-because I'm interested in the word now! I like your suspection about filling to the "rim" and bet you are totally right on it too.

Thank you for taking the time to comment!
Comment by Sallie on May 5, 2009 at 9:53pm
Tipper love your Appalachian Vocabulary tests...I knew them all on Vocabulary test 7 but then I am not a Spring Chicken. My grandkids (Californians) always frown at me talking about Breakfast Dinner and Supper. Does a corn dodger count?
Comment by Betty Cloer Wallace on May 5, 2009 at 10:50am
I realize you aren't up to the Rs yet, Tipper, but here's an interesting word for you. My brother called me from California yesterday and asked how to spell "rimption" and the exact meaning. He said he had used the word while at a buffet dinner with his friends: "I think I'll skip the entree and just eat a whole rimption of salad." His friends asked what "rimption" meant and how to spell it, and he was not sure. It had just bubbled up in his mind, he said, and came out of his mouth from some long-ago childhood vocabulary.

Well, I knew what he meant because I'd heard it all my life in our Macon County community. It meant to eat a whole lot of something or a "big bait" of something, such as a whole rimption of (any kind of food), and we always preceded it with "whole" or "big," but I had no idea how to spell it. So I looked it up in my Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English (highly recommended resource) and discovered it has usage beyond the way we always use(d) it.

DSME defines "rimption" as "an abundance" (of food) and says it can be used both singular and plural. (We used it only as singular.) Variant forms are rimption(s), rampshion, rempshion, rimpshion, and rimtion. It can mean food ready to eat or still out there somewhere (rimpshions of squirrels in the woods).

The interesting point in all this is that we have "forgotten" language and thought in our subconscious that can sometimes just come bubbling up unexpectedly to the conscious mind, which pertains to the recent discussion about dreams in one of the other group threads.

I haven't found the root word for "rimption" yet, but I suspect it is related to filling a container to the rim. The DSME lists it as an Appalachian word with "origin unknown."

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