When I first started my page I would post a word a week that we don't use much anymore.
Words I didn't want to see pass from our vocabulary.
I used words like quaint, yonder, davenport, pocketbook, commence, pert near of course you say it as one word, or that's the way my grandpa said it, pertnear, meaning almost or pretty near.
I like words.
I like dialect and accents.
Everyone says we have a southern accent.
Lots of times people think Mark is from Texas when they hear him talk. His voice is deep and he sounds like the south.
Lucas and the girls talk real slow and drag their words out and you can tell they are from the country.
Heidi and I talk real fast and use our hands and our eyes get big. Sometimes we twang but we're quick about it when we do. :)
I heard on the news that dialects are becoming a thing of the past.
Television and radio have gone a long way toward making us all speak the same.
Dialect is "untaught" in schools.
I understand they think it makes you sound smarter if you don't twang or drag out your vowels like we do in the south and the country or add an r sound to words like they do in the northeast.
Just because I understand what they are thinking doesn't mean I agree though. As I said earlier I enjoy a good accent or dialect.
To be honest I hope we don't lose either one.
I hope we will always be able to hear the sound of the part of this country someone was born and raised in.
It's something to be proud of. It's who your people are and how they talk. It's their language, it's our language.
I have more words listed that I don't want to forget to use from time to time. I want to keep them alive.
I hope you do too. I hope you will think about words that you like words you haven't heard in a "spell" and jot them down. Teach them to your children or grandchildren.
Oh they may not care so much now but a word spoken is a word heard and a word heard is a word learned.
One day they'll remember, they'll add it in with all their new words of the day.
The new is good but speak the old too.
So go ahead and have a blast from the past.
What word will use in conversation with your family this week that might have them saying, "What?"