The Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms (Facts by Robert Hendrickson

By Robert Hendrickson

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Erskine Caldwell, The Earnshaw Neighborhood, 1971) beautifuller Sometimes heard instead of more beautiful. ” because begone An old scolding expression, meaning “be off, get out of here,” that is still heard in the South. ” beignet A French-style doughnut popular in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana. It is also spelled bignet and is sometimes pronounced ben-y¯a. being Because, since. ” Why. ” become to be To come to be, to come about. ” “ ‘Yes, sir. ’ ” (William Faulkner, “Wash,” 1934) bed baby An infant who can’t crawl yet, who remains mostly in his or her crib or bed.

Bug under the chip An old expression, common in the South, meaning an ulterior motive. ” An old term for a large portion of liquor. buck-nekked Completely naked. “‘They got drunk and crashed the door in on him and found him bucknekked, dancing the highland fling. ’ ” (William Faulkner, Sanctuary, 1931) Other similar terms are buck ass-naked, buck born-naked and stark bucknaked. build the fence To get married when a child is on the way. ” built from the ground up Sturdy, stocky. ” bull ant The large black, stinging carpenter ant.

Borga; booga unknown. ” was a call to school. ” born tired and raised lazy worthless. boomalally A soldier, especially one parading to music, the term apparently deriving from the sound of drums; first applied to cadets at the South Carolina Military Academy. bosom bread These were large, flat loaves of bread that black stevedores working the Mississippi steamboats carried in their shirt fronts (against their chests or bosoms) for snacks throughout the day. They needed such fuel, as these longshoremen expended more energy than almost any other workers at the time.

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