South Georgiaisms

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Aug 26 18:05:50 UTC 2009

At 10:54 AM -0400 8/26/09, Bill Palmer wrote:
>actually, in my first post on this subj I forgot to include the most
>puzzling one of all.  Her phrase for having to go to the bathroom, was "I
>have to go T-R-E", or "the dog needs to go out and T-R-E".
>That one is really a mystery.

--not short for T-R-E-E (spelled out so the dog wouldn't feel self-conscious)?


>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Barbara Need" <bhneed at GMAIL.COM>
>Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 10:16 AM
>Subject: Re: South Georgiaisms
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>>Actually, all but bumfuzzled sound familiar, though I don't think I
>>use any of these.
>>Barbara Need
>>On 25 Aug 2009, at 2:43 PM, Bill Palmer wrote:
>>>"Tight as Dick's hatband" for a parsimonious person
>>>"Tough as whit-leather"...someone we would call hardnosed=20
>>>"Bumfuzzled"...surprised or disconcerted
>>>"Pine burr" for what I would call a "pine cone"
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