big clapboard fro

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 22 17:43:26 UTC 2000


A fro is an adze; a big one (for spltting clapboard size chunks) is what's
meant here.


Yuk-yuk. Cain't wait for the younguns to write in and ask what an adze is.

>In the short story 'Rain on Tanyard Hollow,' Jesse Stuart writes: 'Let
>long tongues of lightnin' cut through the darkness across the Hollow and
>split the biggest oaks in Tanyard Hollow from the tip-tops to their butts
>like you'd split them with a big clapboard fro.' What is a big clapboard
>Edward Callary

Dennis R. Preston
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