It's time for this month's Appalachian Vocabulary Test-take it and see how you do!
- Mountain oyster
- Mill over
- Mush: boiled cornmeal. "When Pap was a boy they had mush for breakfast. Sometimes they had it for supper too."
- Mountain oyster: the testicle of a bear, bull, or hog. "I don't care how good you tell me they are I ain't eating no mountain oyster and that's the end of it!"
- Mizzle: fine misty rain. "Why it's only a mizzle of rain and you're not made out of sugar so you won't melt!"
- Mind: to watch or attend. "Can you mind the boys for a while? I've got to run into town and meet Buddy at the bank."
- Mill over: to study or ponder. "I don't know about you-but I like to mill things over before I make a decision."
So how did you do? I know about mush because of Pap but I don't hear anyone talking about it much today. Same thing with mizzle I hear it but only rarely. The others are still alive and well in my part of Southern Appalachia.
p.s. Our local radio station, WKRK, shared the photo of the flooded creek on their facebook page. It's the creek that turned me around Tuesday morning-we live about a mile on yon side of the water.