up a stump/calculate
nee1 at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Tue Dec 17 03:17:51 UTC 2002
A fellow student asked me about the following. I was unable to help
him and offered to forward his message to the list.
Does anyone know if 'up a stump' as an idiom and 'I calculate' in the
sense of 'I suppose' are used in Appalachian speech? The sources I
have found (DARE and the Dictionary of American Regionalisms) suggest
that both are chiefly Northern. Additionally, the idiom usually
means 'to be pregnant'. Can it have a more general meaning of simply
'to be in trouble'?
For Rodney Edwards
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