LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The same thing goes for “holler.” I’d be willing to bet that nobody on Blair Branch has ever uttered,”I think I’ll go of the hollow and run out to Isom,” but they go out of the holler every day. At least I did.
I swear, I did not mean to be offensive, nor do I believe that most outsiders who write about us mean to be poking fun. They simply get it wrong and we need to learn to excuse them for their ignorance.
Yes, it insults me too when an outsider writes about us and tries to mimic our language. I have never ever heard a hillbilly say, “thar.”
And now that I’ve reread last week’s column, it does come off as being a bit condescending, yankeefied and holier than thou. I suppose that, for some reason, I thought I was entitled to try and write in the dialect but, upon further review, I now realize that I blew it too.
Just because we frequently misuse or mispronounce the language don’t give me or nobody else the right to make fun of it.
Or as a friend from Seymour, Ind., recently said to me, ”And youse goiys thank we talk funny.”
I found it interesting that both of us “thank” instead of think.