Appalachian Lexicon: 12 Common Sense Slang Words
Although the Appalachian Mountains stretch as far north as Canada and as far south as Alabama, Appalachian English is generally contained within the regional area consisting of the mountain areas of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee.
Here you will find a rather distinctive dialect, a strain of English commonly referred to as Southern Mountain English or Appalachian English. And while you may think of Appalachian English as a niche dialect, you would be mistaken.
According to the latest census on record, over 25 million Americans live in what the federal government classifies as the Appalachian region.
With this in mind, here are 12 common sense slang words in the Appalachia lexicon that you just might find useful.
A serving or helping of food. Example: Would you like a fixin of Grandma’s chicken? Can also mean about to, or getting ready to. As in: I’m fixin to go to the store.