Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Tue Jun 11 12:47:33 UTC 2002

A subscriber has written as follows to ask about a puzzling bit of
American dialect usage. Can anyone help?

> It's from Virginia-North Carolina, an older generation, (maybe a
> hundred years back) and probably from the Appalachians. Three
> different older friends remember their grandmothers' using it.  It
> means "I'm full", "I've had plenty to eat".  Phonetically: "My
> sufficiency is serrancified". Could be "cerr", or one "r", or
> perhaps never printed! All four of us are curious about its
> origins.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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