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Appalachian Vocabulary Test 57

Appalachian words 3

It's time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test-take it and see how you do!

  1. Fleshy
  2. Feel of
  3. Figure
  4. Furnishment
  5. Feel for

Appalachian dialect 3

  1. Fleshy: over weight. "He always was a big ole fleshy boy that wouldn't lift his hand for nothing that resembled work!"
  2. Feel of: to touch. "Momma feel of the back of my head. I've got a big knot and its sore as a risen."
  3. Figure: to calculate. "On the inside of our house walls-along the studs-The Deer Hunter and Pap used a pencil to figure the amount of lumber or other material they'd need next while building our house. Every once in a while I think of those figures-they are like hidden wishes for a dream that came true."
  4. Furnishment: piece of furniture. "When we first got married we didn't have one furnishment between us!"
  5. Feel for: to be inclined. "Ever since Chatter and Chitter were big enough to coo they just seemed to have a feel for music. They say they 'think' a piece of music that they have never played before but are trying to learn - and their fingers move to make the sound all on their own."

My thoughts:

  • Fleshy, feel for, and figure are very common in my part of Appalachia and I hear them on a regular basis.
  • Furnishment-is one I've heard but not often.
  • Feel of- I found this one in my Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English. It's hard for me to believe the entire world doesn't use the phrase feel of to describe touching something.

So how did you do this month? 


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Yep! Have heard them all. Furnishment was used a little differently the way I heard it, as in being fully furnished to do a good work, i.e. having all one needs to accomplish it well.

God bless.


I've got a feel for everyone of these words Tipper.

This is off the subject but I love that Crazy Arms is added to
Playlist. However, Midnight Special remains my very favorite.
Thanks again for wonderful music
that I enjoy every day!

All but furnishment. Thanks! I enjoy these vocabulary tests so much!

Words from one region to the next are so different, when I moved here to the panhandle of Florida, I had to learn a brand new way of talkin'. A while back, I asked my husband if he thought I was too fat. He wisely looked me over and said,"Well honey, I'd say you are pretty STOUT." Since then I've lost 50 pounds not realizing that he meant I was STRONG but in Appalachian vocabulary, I was fleshy! Go figure. I like sparse furnishment,too, not so much to dust. But he would have no idea whatsoever what furnishment means. Good Day!

The word 'furnishment' is a new one
for me, but I've forgotten a lot.
All the rest are regular words for

Good luck Chitter and Chatter on
tomorrow night's singing at the Old
Blairsville Courthouse. I bet they
'bring the House down', just like
the last time...Ken

i wuz thankin furnishment wuz the place upinunder the flor whir the furnish is. i ant got no furnish caus i cant by orl fer it. but i have got me a good would heeter.

As a child visiting kinfolk on Roaring Creek, NC, I always heard, "My, ain't she healthy lookin'!" That's Appalachian code for fat. Then, of course, the next thing was, "Come on in - rest a while and eat!"

As with most of the commenters, all but furnishment are common (or used to be before social media, etc.) out here on the edge of the plains.

Oh, have I heard "fleshy"! My, my that one brought back memories! My Granny would say to my brothers, after not seeing us for a few weeks, "Those boys are sure gettin' stout!" Then for me she would say, "She is still a smart fleshy!"...Oh, how I hated that word...but I am what I am and still am "fleshy"! I tried to get stout, thinking it totally mean't with muscles and strong, but to no avail. So, "fleshy" it was til I was in my early twenties, stayed that way for several years and now am "fleshy" again!
I've heard them all and use the terms except "furnishment"...that one is a very old and lost term for me. Now then, Ed mentioned "stick of furniture" and we used that term and still do. In fact I would like to get rid of every "stick of furniture" I have and do a "refurnishment" of the whole house!...
Thanks Tipper,
You sure have a "feel for" the terms of our mountains!

Sometimes the remarks spawn thought as much as the main text; Tamela's caused me to remember the orange-crate cupboards and clothes-press when I was a wee lad. While furnishment has never entered my vocabulary, the rest of the words are part of my everyday speech. "Feel of" goes back to my days in the Yankee land where it was very common. We use "Feel for in the same way as Pinnacle Creek describes AND in the way you describe the girls' learning a new tune as well. It's' a little difficult to explain how that works, but at least with stringed instruments (I am no authority on any other kind) the memory of the song, after you play it a few times, is in the fingers, not in the head, like so many other tasks the fingers perform. To prove this, try dialing or punching someone's 'phone number with your non-dominant hand.

Furnishment is a word I've read but never used nor heard used. All the other terms I've heard and sometimes used. Once my aunt-by-marriage commented on my grandmother losing weight by saying that Mrs. A looked better before she fell-off. I was about eight at the time. Grandmama died in hospital during a January snowstorm. Her daughter, Aunt E, insisted on having visitation in the home. All beds were removed from the large front bedroom. Grandmama in her casket surrounded by flower tributes, my cousins going in to kiss her brow, Daddy horrified and grief-stricken...memories that linger too long.

All of these are familiar to me. My great-grandma, who was from around Roane Mountain, Tn. area, would say, 'don't disfurnish yourself" when my mother was about to give something away. My Dad was a saw-miller and lumber jack in his younger years and he could "figger" multiple sums in his head!

Never heard furnishment used. Mom's family used to say flash instead of flesh. They always said flashy when describing an overweight person. We used the word figure when we talked about our plans. I figure I'll wait till next year to buy that new car.

Know all but furnishment.

Feel of it is one of the holdovers from old English same as the phrase I've read in many of the above comments. Another common one is "Taste of it."
Looking forward to seeing and hearing y'all at the Old Courthouse in Blairsville tomorrow night.

I have heard and use all of these with the exception of furnishment. I have heard about that one before, but never used it.

This time I could sort decipher meanings, but the use of feel of in your sentence felt awakward for me. I liked the new terms for me, so keep throwing them my way. I'm still learning!

Tipper--I reckon the fact that this was test #57, along with the fact that I learned from our nation's leader that we had 57 states when all along I had thought there were 50, put me off my vocabulary game. Four of the five I'm intimately familiar with, but I've never, until now, heard of furnishment.

Jim Casada

I have heard and used all of them except for furnishment. That is a new one to me.

I have heard and used all of them except furnishment. The rest are pretty common.

Well, it 'appears' that FURNISHMENT is the new word of the day! Like other folks, I never heard the word! But I will 'pull it' on my Grandsons as soon as possible!

Eva Nell

p.s. By the great effort of my wonderful Editor (EDJ), "Fiddler of the Mountains" got FINISHED two days before our DEADLINE! Thanks to the Good Lord!

Never heard of furnishment, all the rest I have heard and still use.
Are the girls twins ?

Tipper, I don't remember ever hearing furnishment. As I'm, typing this I'm getting a red line under furnishment. Seems that spellcheck does not believe it's a word.
Feel of and feel for are very common expressions to me. Figure, well I thought everyone said figure to refer to calculating numbers.
Go figure!

I hadn't heard fleshy for a good while. It seems different words were always used instead of fat with stout, stocky, or fleshy used. Feel for is used commonly to show compassion such as, "I feel for Tom since Annie ran off with that salesman."

Furnishment, is a new one to me. The rest are pretty common down here. I was kinda surprised to see "feel of " in the list, too. We use it every day, almost.

Heard all but furnishment. Used all but furnishment and fleshy.

I've heard "furnishment" used in a way that meant all the accessories such as rugs, vases, pictures, lamps, etc. (even doilies and throws) in addition to chairs, tables, couches/sofas, and such. Like Judy and Ed, we talk about "stick of furniture": Before they had a stick of furniture of their, own they made do with fruit crates.

All of the other terms are part of our everyday conversations.

I have heard and used all except,furnishment. Happy day from middle TN!

Know and use all but furnishment . I (and my grandmother ) would say, "We didn't have a stick of furniture between us."

Furnishment, I have never heard used, but remember seeing it in a book or movie somewhere.
The rest I use and hear very often

Never heard "furnishment" before. All the others were familiar to me.

Do you use "stick of furniture?" They set up housekeeping without a stick of furniture!

Have not heard of furnishment but have used all the others.

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