Thursday, May 21, 2009

"tarnation"

just a word my dad taught us when we were young.
pretty sure it only resides in the south.
wondering if "the frank" made it up.

use in a sentence please...
"we walked over all of tarnation to find you."

do you have a word like that in your family?
i would love to hear all the good southern words we have imbedded in our vocabulary on a daily basis.  

10 comments:

Josh and Donna said...

well they're not southern. but until i went to college i never realized my friends didn't have a "way back" of the car or a "big light" in the room.

The Caseys said...

Boys Howdy that was funny!

shea said...

Where did Kristy go? Oh, she went over *yonder ways* to the store.
(I'm sure there are more and I'll get back to you if I think of them...)

Allison Wolfe said...

Usually I have heard tarnation with: "Where in tarnation have you been?". Tar Nation? Is that the land of tar? I would love to know where that came from. One thing when I went up to visit Derrick's family in North Georgia: "yens" - "How are yens doing?" (I think I am using that correctly). I had never heard that before. My dad said it is often said in Tennessee and North Ga mountains.

livinmividaloca said...

i was in college before i realized most people put "conditioner" in their hair; we always called it "cream rinse."

Rebecca Moon said...

My friend's babyMama's name is Tarnation. I wish I was kidding, but I'm so not. They call her "Nations." Promise.

My favorite southern expression (courtesy of my late grandfather) is "well, what winds up in the deal was ________." Colloquialism as its finest.

Li-Li said...

ummmm I think that was further back than your Dad.. b/c Ricky used that phrase too..sooo it must have started w/either Paw-Paw or Gran-Gran!! What in tarnation wuz u thank-in??!!

Mama Callie said...

I can't think of any great ones, except "whoopsie daisy." I mean, really??

Kelly Ford said...

My family uses tarnation all the time (yes, still). I cant think of any of these types of words, but we all get a kick out of my grandmother and the way she says... well, pretty much everything. A chimney is a chimley, for example.
Oh, my WHOLE family (including me) says "reckon" all the time. "You reckon you'll be coming for dinner tonight?" i respond "i reckon so!".

gilly said...

my sweet dad says "let's go to wal-mark" instead of wal-mart...and also I went to northwest high school and dad says it as "norfwest"...my mom answers the phone with "yellow"... and I a from the mountains so I a sure I can think of others.... haha