Grab A Root
Have dinner. "Root" refers to potatoes.
Grits (Hominy Grits)
Hominy or plain corn that's been ground until it has the consistency of coarse sand. It's used as a side dish, a breakfast cereal, or as an ingredient in baked goods.
Etymology: probably from Flemish hankeren, frequentative of hangen to hang; akin to Old English hangian
A strong or persistent desire or yearning -- often used with for or after. Example: I have a hankering for fried okra. I've really been craving it."
A large quantity. Example: Billy got into a heap of trouble when he stole his dad's car.
Function: Verbal phrase
A form of "hear it told." Often conveys that the information was passed second hand. Example: "I hear tell that the new mini-mall is going up next month."
A small cake made of cornmeal.
Etymology: Virginia Algonquian -homen, literally, that treated (in the way specified)
Kernels of corn that have been soaked in a caustic solution (as of lye) and then washed to remove the hulls.
Smart. Example: She has horse sense. She'll make it in business.
Etymology: alteration of how do ye
Used to express greeting.
A Southern food made with cornmeal. They are small, round balls of cornbread and spices that are deep fried and often served with fish. These were originally fed to dogs to quiet their begging at the table.
Everything is great.
Any of numerous rather large leaf-eating scarab beetles (subfamily Melolonthinae) that fly chiefly in late spring and have larvae that are white grubs which live in soil and feed chiefly on the roots of grasses and other plants -- called also june beetles.
Laying out [all night]
Function: Verbal phrase
Staying out all night, often drinking of doing something illicit. Example: "I was laying out at the bar last night so I had a hangover."
Lazy man's load
A lazy man's load is an unmanageably large load carried to avoid making more than one trip. This colloquial phrase is often used to indicate that someone is too lazy to think properly. Example: 'Sam took a lazy man's load of groceries out of the car and ended up spilling them all over the sidewalk."
Function: Adverbial phrase
Almost. Example: "I like to pee my pants when that car hit me."
Almost. Example: "I nearabout ran over that squirrel in the road."
Of no account; good for nothing.
To nurse. Example: "She nussed the sick dog to bring it back to health."
Okie or Sooner
A resident or native of Oklahoma.
A green, cylindrical vegetable that is often fried in the South.
Pronunciation: 'or-n&-rE, 'är-; 'orn-rE, 'ärn-
Inflected Form(s): or·neri·er; -est
Etymology: alteration of ordinary
Having an irritable disposition.
Out of kilter
Not right. Out of sorts. Example: John was out of kilter for a while when he was relocated to New York."
Pack or Tote
Concerned over or attentive to details : meticulous.
Relatives, kinfolk. Example: "Shelly went to see her people on vacation."
Small or inferior. Example: "His work only gave him a piddlin' 1% raise. Function: Adverb
Poorly. Example: "She felt piddlin' so she didn't go to school."
To waste time. Example: He spent all his time piddlin' and never got anything done."
Poke, Pokeweed, Poke Salad
A type of salad often eaten in the South. Pokeweed can be toxic if not chosen and prepared properly.
A meat pie made from possum. This is not actually eaten in Arkansas to my knowledge!