North (and South) Cackylacky?

Erin McKean editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Wed Jun 5 18:53:28 UTC 2002

A friend has asked me about the origins of North (and South)
Cackylacky as names for North (and South) Carolina.

I've had no luck with DARE or the ADS-L Archives. Google shows some
cites, mostly people writing in exaggerated hickspeak.

Even though I claim to be a North Carolinian, I'd never heard this;
my friend didn't give me a gloss in his first email and I took it for
a synonym of "East Bumfuck" (which he thought hilarious). It works
much better etymologically as a synonym for "East Bumfuck" -- 'cacky'
being 'covered in excrement' and -lacky being just reduplication.

Anyone have anything better?


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