Twanglish Lesson: Idee

Today’s Twanglish Lesson comes from a place of desperation. One of the few features that we’ve churned out with regularity since our April launch has been these informative little bits of Southern linguistics. The result of that is it’s tough to keep coming up with new ones to write.

Today, RSM Wayne Franklin put the question to his friends on Facebook. Some of the responses were very helpful. Some were a bit predictable, and others were treading ground we’ve already covered.

That’s not to say we’re running out of Twanglish Lessons. On the contrary, Twanglish is a vast, rich language filled with regional variations and a long, storied history of linguistic inventiveness. No, it’s just that most of us, sad to say, don’t talk this way in our daily lives. We have a difficult time calling to mind all those great words and idioms that our parents and grandparents never thought of as special.

Sometimes those phrases come back to us when we least expect them. Other times, they are elusive – like haints or a full set of teeth. All we’re looking for is one good …

Idee -noun 1. a creative thought or notion, a concept:

Whoever come up with the idee of hanging guns in the truck winder was a real smart feller.

2. knowledge of a given fact:

I had no idee that the Walmarts done started closing at 11.

We’re ready to hear your “idees” for Twanglish Lessons. Jog our feeble memories or, better yet, hit us with one we’ve never heard before. A couple of rules we like to follow, though:

1. We don’t do “y’all” or “fixin.'” They are both obvious and done to death. We believe both words should be used and frequently. But writing about them would make this site common, and none of use want that.

2. Don’t suggest “momma’n’em” or “jeet” or anything else that’s closely associated with Jeff Foxworthy’s schtick. Frankly, we think we’ve put Foxworthy to shame ten times over with our Twanglish Lessons, and he should be stealing from us – not the other way around.

Here are some of the Twanglish terms in the queue, so to speak:

A month of Sundies, pallets, a coon’s age, gone ‘n, tump, why’rent, fillin’ station, paints, spell (as in “sitting a” vs “having a”), fiddlin’, a sequel to our Southern Cussemisms, haints, boogers, kilt, afore, far, di’ntcha, po’ down, yestidy, possum, doo-hicky, lible and others.

7 Responses to “Twanglish Lesson: Idee”

  1. How about “rat-cheer”?

  2. Coupla. Can you give me a coupla dollars until I get my check on the first?

  3. My Grandmaw used to dip snuff. She called it having a “taste”. We all knew what “taste” was.
    Yes, yes, it’s a nasty habit, but that woman could take out a bottle fly on a fence post at fifty paces.

  4. In my house growing up, it was “ideer.”

  5. I’m likin this blog!. A few words I grew up with: icebox, catty cohnered, aigs (eggs), bob war (might be Texan only for barb wire but that’s how my uncles said it), aint (Aint Mary), idnit, dudn’t, tard (tired not retard!), minners (minnows). Here’s one that bugs me: in Texas we say “puhkahns” for pecans but when I was in Georgia they said ‘peecans.’ My Arkansas kin said “you-uns” instead of y’all (and we-uns). We generally don’t drop the “r” like in the Carolinas and elsewhere but we do drop the “g” on words like takin, makin, goin.

    • Thanks! Those are some good ones. I think we may have covered some of those before, but I honestly can’t say for sure. I’ve lost track. Maybe it’s the “old-timer’s” setting in.

  6. Just wanted to interject that many of these aren’t just Southern. I’m in the middle of Utah, and many of the words ya’ll mentioned are common out here in the wild West too. In the words of Dirks Bentley, “Country must be country-wide” 🙂

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