blar 'thornbush'

Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM Mark.Mandel at LHSL.COM
Thu Nov 8 17:13:53 UTC 2001

Does DARE or any other source list an Appalachian word like "blar" or

I spent part of the summer of 1966 in Corbin, Kentucky, and a week of that
time living with a local family. Among the regionalisms I remember is a
word that I would transcribe as [blAr], where the vowel is low center-front
unrounded, quite distinct from the low back unrounded vowel in words like
"star". The people I stayed with spoke of "blars", meaning thornbushes or
areas of thornbushes; I heard the word used away from the thing itself, and
I didn't take down the conversation! It could be a dissimilated form of

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