Bless it, y’all (or you’uns). Here in the hills + hollers of WNC, we have more ways to say the same thing than you could shake a stick at.
DYK: NC is considered the most linguistically diverse state in the US? There are five linguistic, or dialect, regions in the state, and our corner is called the Southern Appalachian Highlands Dialect. The others, moving east, are the NC + VA Piedmont Dialects, the NC Coastal Plains Dialect, and the Pamlico Sound Dialect – which refers to the easternmost part of the state, including the Outer Banks.
One reason for that gorgeous diversity? Our geography, which ranges, literally, from themountains to the sea. But while our linguistic diversity is unmatched, experts worry it’s also on the way out – as migration patterns bring new folks to the state, a process of leveling happens that reduces variety.
Other factors include urbanization, media, and the development of communication technologies. And while there’s often a sense of pride in using local terminology and vocabulary, it’s also been stigmatized by people who aren’t familiar with our rich linguistic traditions or who speak differently from us, making us locals less likely to use our unique voices.
Today, we want to hear the Southern Appalachian words + phrases that you or your family uses, if you’re a longtime local, or that surprised you most when you arrived here. You might have run into one example last week, when Editor Brook penned a story about opossums – which many locals shorten to “possum.” Here are a few others to get your brain tickin’.
Booger – a ghost (also “haint”) Holler – a small valley Might could – might be able to; maybe could Reckon – to suppose; to calculate Sigogglin – off from a perpendicular; askew Yonder – over there (can be used to show the direction of something that is anywhere other than here)
Now we’re a-turnin’ it over to you. What you got, Asheville?
Share your Southern Appalachian dialect examples with us.
From vocab to syntax, plus the definitions if you have them.
Weather ○ 80º | Thunderstorms | 80% chance of rain
Civic ○ Almost $900,000 was allocatedfrom the CARES Act for Asheville city public housing. The funds have been earmarked for incentives for Section 8 landlords, personal protective equipment + computer software upgrades. The Asheville Housing Authority is planning to use the funds over four to six months. (WLOS) 💸 ○ Asheville City Council has approved many changes to sidewalks + roads. The changes include improving sidewalks, to hybrid bus purchases, speed limit reductions + more. See the full list here. (Asheville Citizen-Times) 🚧
Stat ○ 13%.The percentage of the Asheville Police Department that have left the force since June, totaling 31 officers. According to Police Chief David Zack, 15-20 officers might leave in a year, but the departures in the last two months are “unprecedented.” He linked the departures to lack of support + vocal opposition to the police. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Ranked ○ In a study analyzing violent + property crimes from 17 large North Carolina cities, Asheville ranked as the 16th safest large city. Winston-Salem came in at 17th in the ranked list. Asheville’s total crime score of 112.4 is above the NC state average of 74. (Mountain Xpress) 📋
Art ○ The Paradise art exhibit opens Sept. 20 at the Madison County Arts Council(90 S. Main St., Marshall). in downtown Marshall. Curated by Blue Heron Whitewater’s Sandy Melton, the exhibit celebrates biodiversity in Madison County + Western North Carolina. The exhibit will showcase disappeared + at-risk species within the region in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity. Admission is free. 🖼️
Volunteer ○ The Eliada Corn Maze is looking for volunteers for their largest yearly fundraising event. Volunteers are needed to maintain the maze, host attractions such as the jumping pillow, pick corn for corn cannons + more. Volunteer perks include a free ticket to visit the maze on Thursdays. Volunteer groups are welcome, and each one must be 18 or older + follow CDC guidelines. 🌽
Legacy ○ A weekend memorial service held for Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Hendrix, who was killed last week in the line of duty, and his funeral has been scheduled for Sept. 18. The memorial service honored Deputy Hendrix’s life + service, and a fund has been set up to support his family. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
TheBuy ○ The NC Ag Pop-Up Shop has partnered with Sunburst Trout+ Locals Seafood to bring fresh trout fillets + seafood to Western North Carolina. Customers can pre-order in bulk until Sept. 16 + items will be available for pickup on Sept. 19. Pickup will be a no-contact drive thru at the WNC Agricultural Center (761 Boylston Hwy.) 🐟 ○ Beauty Bin(117 Sweeten Creek Rd.), a full-service day spa, will hold its next business pop-up onSat., Sept. 26 from 1-5 p.m. next door to their spa. Visitors can peruse wares including handmade jewelry, baked goods, natural health + beauty products, and more. 🛍
Learn ○ UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio is offering a once-a-week online tool literacy course running from Sept. 23-Oct. 21 from 4-5:30 p.m. Hammer Time is open for registration through Sept. 17 + will focus on how to use a hammer to assemble wood + how to sculpt wood, wire + cardboard. The class is held online via Zoom. 🔨
ForKids ○ Playgrounds have reopened in Asheville as Safer At Home 2.5 goes into effect. Students that have spent their time learning inside during the pandemic will now be able to have outdoor play time during their eight-hour school day. (WLOS) ☀️
Events ○ Asheville Movie Guys screening: Black Panther| Mon. Sept. 14 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; donations accepted | Catch the blockbuster film in honor of recently departed star, Chadwick Boseman. Post-screening discussion will stream via Facebook Live. 🍿 ○ Artist Support Grant Virtual Workshop| Mon., Sept. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | Get protips on how to apply for an NC Artist Support Grant. Especially recommended for first-time applicants. 🎨
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
With the autumn equinox (a.k.a. the first day of fall) just around the corner on Sept. 22, we’ve been fantasizing about when cooler temps + stunning leaf color will arrive in the mountains.
Evan Fisher, a meteorology and physics student and member of Carolina Weather Group, just posted this color map of Asheville to Crabtree Falls (about an hour northeast of Asheville, and also accessible via the Blue Ridge Parkway). He anticipates peak color dates to start around Oct. 1 at the highest elevations, and finish up at lower elevations around Oct. 28.
Where do you go to peep fall leaves locally? Drop us an email + let us know your favorite spots. 🍂
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○ Check out the latest COVID-19 stats for NC from the Department of Health and Human Serviceshere. As of Sunday afternoon, 2,738 cases and 72 deaths have been reported in Buncombe County.
○ Buncombe County Schools will transition back into the classroom after the school board’s approval this past Thursday. All K-13 students will be on an A/B day schedule with half of the students attending on Mondays + Tuesdays or Thursdays + Fridays. Wednesday will be a remote + independent day of instruction. (WLOS)
○ Streetscape construction + the COVID-19 pandemic have created a lack of foot traffic for Asheville businesses. As area sidewalks are being replaced + expanded to improve accessibility, many businesses expect to lose a bit of walk-in traffic and anticipate fewer sales. (WYFF)
○ A detainee with COVID-19 was processed into the Buncombe County Detention Facility this past week. When booked, the individual informed law enforcement that they hadpreviously tested positive for COVID-19. A test was given to the detainee while in custody + the individual was isolated due to a positive result. (Asheville Citizen-Times)