Appalachian Word of the Day



This week we shall concentrate on a phrase of exclamation known locally as, "They Lah".  A substitute for the phrase, "They Lord", I would usually hear this term from my Mama Bird and it was used during times of disbelief, or even surprise.  Now, she liked to add the word, "well", in front of the phrase, and that is how I remember it the most.

  Let's put it into practice, shall we?  

Well, They Lah.....it is going to rain again this week.  

They Lah......look how short her dress is!  

They Lah......milk is $1.85 a gallon.  

Seriously, milk is $1.85 a gallon at my local store.


"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.  If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Nelson Mandela







Comments

  1. I enjoy reading posts about "language" in other areas. I know there are phrases that we use here that would be unusual to hear in other parts of the country. I like the Mandela quote too!
    Really?? Milk is $1.85 a gallon? It should be cheap, yes...because the milk price to farmers is way down. I've just never seen it actually happen. Here in PA the prices stay the same...close to $4 a gallon. I guess the middle man is doing alright.

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  2. A term I have never heard. I would love to see that cheap milk, 159 for 1/2 gallon here. I always have regular and chocolate on hand.

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    1. It's the good stuff, too. No antibiotics or growth hormones added.

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  3. This sent a sweep of memory sounds through my being . . .
    Mandela's words . . . "goes to the heart."

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  4. I like the phrase used in the sentences. Your milk is cheap, it cost more here. Enjoy your day!

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  5. This is very interesting. I had not heard that version of "My Lord" before. Love your header photos, too, and you were right about the party! :)

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  6. So glad you have these sweet memories and are willing to share them with us.

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  7. I haven't heard those words over this way, I remember hearing "lordy" though.
    We have lost a lot of small dairy operations over the last couple years as the prices went down. I guess they will start importing milk but I would have to be awful thirsty to drink any of it.

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  8. Love the Appalachian word of the week! I'm from northern AL and I haven't heard this one, but each little area has it's own peculiar specialties. I had never heard the term "My swan" until we were living in Virginia and I met an older lady who said it, but I've come across it since in books about Appalachia. Such a wonderful study of language, isn't it!? Love your lovely photos.

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    1. Around here I do hear people say, "I swan". You never know what you might hear! lol

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  9. I guess it's the Appalachian equivalent of 'oh la' Michelle 😊

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  10. ...dang, you talk funny down there!

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    1. They Lah, Tom! It ain't even the half of it! lol

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  11. Interesting word that I never heard. I like the examples. Great quote, I just finished reading his autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" and loved it.

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  12. Never heard that term before. You learn something new every day. Thanks. : )

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  13. they lah did i delete my comment? it disappeared on me haha..

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  14. My goodness.. you've changed the layout on your blog and it's sooooo different! I enjoy learning things about other parts of the country.. I've never heard that one! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. My Grammeys was something like "oh laudy" .

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  16. Wonderful quote indeed, and thanks for sharing that. Greetings.

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  17. Great quote and something to think about for sure!

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