The final Monday of each May brings us Memorial Day,
However you’d like to say it, we Americans talk weird. As we have discussed before, there are many dialects, and many of them have their own terms, leaving us with a very odd assortment of terms. Take, for example…
Definition: Stocking cap
This word comes right from the snowy Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Jubious comes from a special dialect of English called Lumbee English, which was created by a group of American Indians who lost their own language to the oncoming tide of English.
Definition: Red squirrel
This isn’t just any red squirrel. The Boomer is a specific species that is native to the Smoky Mountains.
This is one of the many, many Cajun terms that comes from French.
This is yet another Lumbee word from North Carolina, but actually implies that the coffee has sugar in it.
Definition: Soft drink, soda pop
This is another term coming out of the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.
This is another one of those frozen words from the Yuppers of Upper Michigan.
Sorry in the world
This is another expression from the Lumbee Indians.
This word comes from the one of the most unique dialects – the Smith Island dialect. In any case, “fly flap” is just as good a word for a floppy piece of plastic used to take out flies than anything else.
Definition: male friend
The word “buck” is used by people from Ocracoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina.
Definition: Go to sleep
Like many Cajun terms, “fais do-do” comes from French.
This word (similar to “haunt”) comes from the people of the Smoky Mountains.
Definition: Warped or bent
This is another old-fashioned Smith Island word. It’s thought that this word comes from the now-obselete “coffer,” which means to twist or warp.