(Old and New)

A few weeks ago I mentioned "Words and Sayings" from the past and I received response from several members letting me know some of the "Sayings" from their past. Where do these "Sayings" come from? Basically there are three catagories of paticualar words and sayings. The three catagories are:
1. Slang, 2. Jargon, and 3. Colloquialism.

Slang -- Slang, is less informal than colloquialism. It is used only by certain groups – like teenagers or people of certain professions. For example:

Stinks – for “is bad”
Buzz off – for “go away”
Salad dodger – "an obese person"

These are normally used by the younger generation and most seem to die out or are incorporated into the particular generation.
There is a second catagory of Slang and it is noted as being "Chat Slang"

Chat Slang -- Some examples of chat slang as is now used mostly when "texting" on a Cell Phone.
@ -- meaning "at"
2dA -- meaning "today"
2moro -- meaning "tomorrow"
cul -- meaning "see you later"
If you want to see and extensive list of Chat Slang please go to: Chat Slang

Jargon -- Jargon is similar to slang - it is a specific set of words and phrases which are unique to a small group of people. Jargon is work-related slang.

Most of the time, jargon evolves because the people in a certain job need to use certain words and terms which don't mean much to people not working in those areas or with those machines. However, sometimes you get "corporate jargon" in which large companies or offices deliberately create mottos or slogans which become jargon - these are usually elaborate ways of saying things which could be said much more simply, and are used so show that you are a "team player."

Colloquialism -- Colloquialism can relate to words, expressions or phrases that aren’t used in most formal written speech, though this can vary. They may also be called slang terms, though they aren’t necessarily slang in a negative sense. It often isn’t rude to utter a colloquialism. These words or terms may be specific to a region, or fall into popular style based on a variety of factors. There are plenty of colloquialism examples in American speech. One such example is the phrase “What’s up?” Many of us would understand this as an informal question that expresses ideas like “Hi,” or “How are you?” or “What are you doing?” Yet you wouldn’t want to begin a business letter with the phrase. You’ll note some colloquialism types come directly from cultural influence on language such a people from a mixture of ethnic groups living in a particular region or area.

West Virginia Coloquialism Over the weeks serveral of our members have sent me coloquialisms that they have heard or have grown up with in their homes in the hills of West Virginia.

Here are a Few

a fur piece
a short horse is soon curried
as full as a tick
as scarce as hen's teeth
as the crow flies
at the head of the holler
done et
fried mush
hungry, les queet
I am my own cousin, which is why I look so much alike
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything.
in a bit
It could be worse.
itty bitty
Les quit
lift up the dishes
lower than a snake's belly
mean enough to push little chickens in the crick
over younder
pooched out (puffed out)
pouring the rain down
pretty is as pretty does
pull up a cheer and set for a spell
raining cats and dogs
ready for Freddie
ready Freddie
Redd up the house
right cheer
right church, wrong pew
If the Good Lord is willing and the crick down rise
so I'm told
so low a snake wouldn't stumble over me
so mad that I could eat fried chicken
This too shall pass
til the dogs come home
to far from your heart to kill you
Two wrongs don’t make a right
up or down the road a piece
up the crick
up the crick without a paddle
up the run
you all and you'all
You're not sugar or salt, you won't melt

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