Friday, November 13, 2009

Favorite House Of The Bunch!

Steve just got an e-mail from the realtor who showed our home yesterday. The peoples' comments were, "Beautifully laid out, well maintained and our favorite house of the bunch!"


They have asked for a copy of the neighborhood covenant and some other papers and have "casually mentioned" a closing date of January 1.

HOWEVER. No offers have been made and nothing is definite. It's just encouraging, after almost a year, to finally have some positive news in this regard.

What's not to love?

To the people who have already responded to the y'all/ya'll/you-all debate:

Norma--Congratulations for finally being an official Smithellaneous poster. You win the washer and dryer combo selected especially for you!

I do have to say, though, that your entry concerning this discussion made me just a teensy bit sad because, while it is very proper and dictionary-esque and correct to say, "you-all," it's just not very much fun!

I mean, "You-all?" Really? Please write to the publishers of that dictionary immediately and tell them that Becky said they are so very, incredibly wrong. (smile)

And to Stephanie who says it's "yall" and Angie who says it's "y'all," I'll just have to let the two of you work out your differences on your own! Maybe you can take each other out for coffee and get it figured out and report back. Sound good?

Anyone else want to weigh in?

My opinion is that I refuse to say "you-all" because its really hard to slur "you-all" in good Southern speakin' style. And if you can't slur a word and leave out a letter or two, a word is just not worth saying! (I mean, "sayin.'")

I just found this "Southern dictionary" on the web. Be sure to read down to the very last line! Hmmm . . . the debate continues.

AIM TO- plan to do
AIRISH- cold
BIGGITY- vain and overbearing
BITTY BIT- a small amount
CARRY ON- to carry on foolishness
CLODHOPPER- heavy work shoes or large shoes
CHUNK- throw, toss
'COON- Raccoon.
COW LICK- hair standing out on one's head.
DIRECTLY- in a little while, or a couple of weeks
DIXIE- Southern States of the U.S.ADO-HICKY- substitute name. Like the terms whata-ma-call-it or thinga-ma-jig
FALLING OUT- disagreement
FEISTY- being frisky
FIXING TO- about to
HEY- hello
HOLD YOUR HORSES- (be patient)
HONEY- affectionate term
LAID UP- ill, hurt, unable to work
MESS-one who carries on, "He's a mess."
MUCH OBLIGED- thank you; hope to return the favor
PIDDLE- waste time, doing nothing
PLAYING POSSUM- playing dead
RECKON- think or supose so.
SHINDIG- dance or celebration
SMOKEHOUSE- Shed with a dirt floor where pork and other meats is cured, and then smoked.
SORRY- inferior quality, worthless, and lazy
SOUTHERN BELLE- Southern lady
SPRING CHICKEN- young thing
SWEET TALKING THING- has a good line
TIGHT- stingy with money
WAIT ON- serve or assist
WART-TAKER-one who removes warts by charms or incantations
WHITE LIGHTNING- moonshine whiskey
WORRY-WART- one who is annoying

YA'LL or Y'ALL (can be spelled both ways)-you all, two or more people

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Anonymous said...

Here in Alberta, Canada I pretty much never hear anyone say "ya'll". I think the only time I've ever heard it was when I was on a trip many many years ago to Texas. However, I do hear a lot of the word "eh" around here!

Terri said...


I do appreciate you giving necessary space to the proper spelling/pronunciation of that all important southern term, "Y'all." I would like to add, however, that when speaking to a group larger than two, I was taught that the plural form of "y'all" is "all y'all."

For example, if I was to call my younger two boys into the house for dinner, I might fling the front door wide open, poke my head out and yell, "Y'all come in for dinner." However, if this procedure was to involve all four of my wonderful boys, the hollering might take on a slightly differnt flavor. It may then go somehting like this, "All y'all git in here right now!" Also, note that with four of them, the volume knob would be adjusted slightly as well.

That concludes Kentucky's version of proper English!


Melanie said...

I use many of those "southern dictionary" words on a daily basis. I also grew up hearing the word "sigoggled", which means crooked or cock-eyed. I wonder if that's familiar to anybody else out there, or if it's just a West Virginia kind of word.

Anonymous said...

This is njcmema. I couldn't get in under my new account name. I must be something wrong!

Thanks for the washer/dryer combo! I've never won anything before :) Being born a "Yankee" (but now definitely consider myself a "Southern", there are 2 things that should be on the list. What confused me most when we first moved here from PA was the use of "ill" and "carry". I always thought "ill" meant sick, but here it can mean "ill as a snake", meaning in a bad mood. Also, I can "carry" you to the mall meaning I can take you, not to physically "carry". Don't ya just love the south? I do!

Congrats on the house news!! This could be THE ONE!

Anonymous said...

Here in New England, yawl is a type of ship. However, having been born in NC and spent wondrous weeks in Bluxi, MS (see I can slur - visited Nawlins, LA, too), when y'all comes popping off of my little old lips, it's y'all. funny to watch people up here when that pops out!


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the house news!!!

Anonymous said...

i hope it sells, i hope it sells, i hope it sells ...!

Jan from Toledo

Harriet said...

Good luck on the house! As to the "y'all" debate: I am not an English major, but I think I remember from school that the apostrophe in a contraction replaces the letters you are leaving out, as in "can't" the apostrophe replaces n and o of cannot. So under that theory, "y'all" would be correct because you are leaving out the o and u. I have seen it both ways plenty of times, but I think y'all is more accurate.

Pam D said...

I'm with Harriet and the other contraction folks; y'all is the shortened version of you all. It just is (I'm from Tennessee, went to college in Mississippi, lived in Goldsboro,NC for 3 years, and have lived just outside Atlanta for 25 years. I speak several dialects of Southern fluently, and it's always been and always will be "y'all", with "all y'all" used for a large group). So, all y'all friends of Becky had better be on yourn knees a'prayin' that Becky'll get that phone call from her Realtor that'll make her grin bigger'n a possum in a persimmon tree....

Ann Martin said...

In His own time! Isn't God great! the house will sell just when you need it to do so and you have had the chance to stay until your moving date--not having to move two or more times. Praying this is the one. Never knew what "Sam Hill" meant. I just thought it was an expression like you. Guess I'll think about it more before saying it again. I'm a y'all person. Enjoy the week end and I hope the weather has not damaged any area you will be in. Enjoyed the pictures you posted.

Anonymous said...

Dee from Tennessee ♥

Oh, it's "y'all" at my house, and I think it's also "y'all" at Paula Deen's house too...and if it's okay with Miss Paula, then that settles it, right? :) And it's also "supper" in my neck of the woods, and not "dinner." :)

Anonymous said...

Praying that the "favorite of the bunch" is the new owner of your house!

I don't say any of the "yall" versions unless it's sarcastic. I'm strictly a "you guys" sort of girl...born in raised in MN will do that to a person.

Connie F-G

Anonymous said...

Wonderful news on the house!!! I sure hope this is the one!

As for the y'all apostrophe is used in a contraction to replace letters left out. Since y'all is a contraction for you all the apostrophe would go where the O and U should be. Just my two cents!

Gayle in AL

Anonymous said...

I just have to let all you lovely Southern ladies know that in Pittsburgh, it is neither y'all or ya'll . . . it is yunz! As in what are yunz doing tonight?