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Old 08-05-2007, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I just love the saying, when someone either loses their mind or you simply think a particular person has said something, what might be considered, less than intelligent, "Seems this boy's cheese done slid off his cracker."

It might not be an exclusively NC line, but it makes me chuckle when I've heard it. And it's certainly a nice way of describing someone who isn't as bright as one would expect.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:37 AM
 
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There is all kind of slang that I hear specifically on the lower Atlantic coast...most of it's been covered....it seems dialect and slang doesn't follow political boundaries (i.e. state lines) much. Not much you could truly say is unique to one state but perhaps a common mentality that nurtures the kind of humor to get someone to spontaneously say such things.

"Fixin' to" in whatever form has become pretty much transcendent of regions anymore. I thought the world was over when I met a couple girls from Boise, Idaho a few years ago who said "Fixin' to." They explained that everyone there says it. There are people in Texas who will swear that it's unique to Texas, and don't try to confuse them with the facts 'cause they've already made up their mind.

"Da-gone." (I may or may not be transcribing this correctly.) But this saying I associate that with NC more than anything. Tell them traffic was backed up for two miles on a country road because a bunch of people from Cali or New Jersey moved in last month. "Da-gone" they may well reply.
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Old 08-06-2007, 10:46 AM
 
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WE leave out a lot of r's
So *that's* where all those "r's" went! I'm still here in Bahstahn, where we pahk our cahs in Hahvahd Yahd.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:24 PM
 
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If someone tries to dupe you over, you say "Do I look like I just fell off of the turnip truck?"

Also

If something smells bad I have heard people say "That smells like a pole cat"

If someone is drunk I have heard it said that "They really tied one on" or "They are three sheets to the wind"

And I always think it is funny when I hear something referred to as a "lick." Such as "Hey Dan, turn that radio up a lick."
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:21 PM
 
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Yep....nothing's a "notch" - it's a "lick."
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Alabama!
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From SE NC. This one really tripped me up.

Are you going to the "Settin Up"?

Refering to what I had always known as a wake.
That's cause they're "settin' up " with the dead.
Noticed a lot of us Southerners add "the" to certain retail establishments? "We're goin' to the Wal-Mart." "I et breakfast at the Waffle House." "Maw and Me 'er goin' over yonder to the Dairy Queen."
Love it.
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Old 08-06-2007, 11:41 PM
 
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"The Waffle House" yes - "the Wal-Mart" not very often, must be a localized thing, unless you are talking about "the Wal-Mart" on Road/Highway X (as opposed to "the other Wal-Mart" on the other side of town). I hear that a lot especially in the suburban/metro areas where there are more Wal-Marts than towns.
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Old 08-07-2007, 08:51 PM
 
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What are your favorite NC slang words or phrases???????
being from upstate NY we had stopped at the waffle house while visiting my daughter ----had some difficulty ordering food from the waitress --we sat down at the counter instead of the booth and she questioned us as to (phonetically) jeet yet?? hubby and i sat there clueless my daughter giggled and interpreted for us--did you eat yet? Of course the waitress then asked us if we wanted our home fries scattered smoothered and covered---it was the first that we heard of that --but yum it was good stuff!
Any others ???
When I walked into Wal-Mart one day and a woman came towards me and said, "Do you want my buggy". It took me a few minutes to figure out, as she started pushing her shopping cart towards me!
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Old 08-08-2007, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Moved back to Moore County, North Carolina
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Well, I moved to NC in, like, 1998....and I am originally from the West. Although, NC people still consider me a Yankee, I have picked up the accent well....and the slang. Most people never know!!!
1.) Instead of say, "That makes me mad", they say "That makes me ill"
It confused me the first time a friend used the word "ill" like that

2.)Most people say "Hi" or "Hello"...well in NC, most people say "Hey"

3.) In the West we said "Soda Pop" or "Pop"....in NC, most people call it "Soda" or "Drink"

4.) Your family isn't "relatives", "related", "family", etc.....they are "kin" or "kinfolk" (but pronounced "kinfoke")

There are SO MANY different terms. Some can take you by surprise or confuse you for a second....but you normally catch what they are saying.

Last edited by Amberette; 08-08-2007 at 05:48 AM.. Reason: wanted to add something else
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Old 08-08-2007, 08:10 AM
 
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"Whatcha know good?" - means how's it going or what's up? I always laugh, because it's almost impossible to respond with an intelligent sounding answer.

"Ain't big as a minute" - used to describe someone who is small.

I know others have mentioned "ill" to mean mad or angry, but everytime I hear it sounds like "eel".

A couple that are just funny sayings meant to be funny that my dad says:
"Me and him went to different schools together" when talking about someone that he doesn't know.
"People are just dying to get in there" when driving past a graveyard.
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