Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, by Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall (review)

Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, by Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall (The University of Tennessee Press, 2004)

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Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, by Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall (review)

by Michael Chitwood
Southern Cultures, Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

The University of Tennessee Press, 2004

For Appalachians of a certain generation, the Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English is not a reference work. It’s memoir.

While I grew up watching Gilligan’s Island and American Bandstand, I also heard, repeatedly, the story of how my father was made fun of when asked for his merchandise to be put in a “poke” at the army PX. And my grandparents and their friends were always using words and phrases that I thought peculiar, both in the sense of oddity and singularity. In my childhood, I thought only the folks around where I lived talked like that.