Skip to content
Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

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

by Michael Chitwood

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.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
Subscribe today!

One South, a world of stories. Delivered in four print issues a year.