'druthers
my preference
akimbo
the way of standing in which the person's hands are on their hips, with their elbows extending outward.
a-list
in this context it means 'tilted', 'leaned to one side'.
amanuensis
a person employed to write down dictations or copy what has been already written by another (for example, a secretary)
bathroom invectives
dirty talk
bootleggers
the making, transporting and/or selling illegal alcoholic liquor or copyrighted material.
britches
informal term for "breeches".
bushel
used informally to mean a large amount.
calomel
a tasteless white/brown liquid used as a laxative or insecticide.
champertous connivance
in law, any party outside of the case sharing in the proceeds of the lawsuit.
chillun'
Southern pronunciation of 'children'.
circumstantial evidence
in law; evidence from everything except from eye-witnesses, or evidence not based on fact.
climbers
people trying to move up the social ladder.
cooties
a colloquial word for headlice.
corroborating evidence
in law; evidence that agrees with an argument.
cubby-holes
a cramped or snug place.
entailment
a legal situation concerned with inherited property.
ex cathedra
authority based on the person's position.
exodus
a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile, unfriendly environment.
first degree murder
intentional, premeditated murder
flue
pipes or ducts used for conveying exhaust gases from homes
frog-sticking
a way of hunting frogs using a pitchfork
get your goat
American dialect meaning 'to get annoyed or angry'.
go to bed with the chickens
go to bed at sundown
haint
the Southern States colloquialism for ghost.
hidy
also known as "howdy"; Western slang meaning "hello".
holy-rollers
an American slang name given to members of the Pentecostal church.
hoodooing
a colloquial word for the practice of voodoo.
hookworms
parasitic roundworms caught by going barefoot in dirty places (i.e. swamps). 'Hookworms disease' is diagnosed when a group of hookworms feasts off the blood of the intestines.
in the bed
dead
J.P Court
"Justice of the Peace" Court. A local court dealing with minor offences.
jumped
American slang meaning "to get beaten up".
kudzu
a climbing, coiling and twinning vine that grows rapidly. It is nicknamed in the Southern states as 'the vine that ate the South'.
Linin'
or Lining Out, Call and Response. It is a form of hymn-singing; the leader sings out each line of the hymn to be repeated by the congregation
linotype
an archaic type-writing machine once used for printing.
mardi gras
known in Christianity as "Shrove Tuesday", the day before Ash Wednesday.
molasses
a byproduct produced through the refining of sugar. It is very sweet-tasting, and in America it refers to their 'Sweet Sorghum syrup'.
morphodite
offensive term for hermaphrodite, a person with both male and female sexual characteristics
moseying
an informal word meaning 'to move at a leisurely pace', and can also mean 'to wander around lazily'.
obstreperous
loudly and stubbornly defiant
paid a mint
means "bribed"
palliation
easing the pain or injury
pot liquor
the liquid left after meat or vegetables have been cooked. This is normally used as gravy or in a broth.
ringworm
a contagious skin disease caused by a fungus that lives in humans, animals and soil.
Rockefeller
meaning a very rich man. It is used after the US industrialist John Rockefeller, who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half his profit away.
roly-poly
a small insect that can huddle itself into a ball.
run-of-the-mill
average, ordinary. e.g. a run-of-the-mill man.
sam hill
an American slang phrase used as a euphemism to "the devil" or "hell".
sass
to answer back in an impudent way.
scrip stamps
paper money of small amounts issued by the government for temporary use. It was particularly during the Great Depression.
second degree murder
intentional murder, but not premeditated.
shinny
a slang term used in Alabama to mean "liquor".
sibilant
a way of speaking that lengthens the sound of the letter s to a hiss.
snuff
powdered tobacco for sniffing up through the nose.
squaw
An American-Indian woman
steed
another word for horse.
stovewood
firewood sawed into short lengths to be used for stoves.
subpoena
a legal tool used to summon witnesses to testify in court
tacit consent
consent understood to be given, without the need of discussion
taffy
chewy candy; it is sugar or syrup boiled until thick and pulled/stretched to make chewy.
thin-hided
slang for "sensitive".
tollable
Southern pronunciation of tolerable
too many snakes in the closet
withdrawal from alcohol
trousseau
a bride's clothing or a dowry (the gifts that a wife gives to her husband for their marriage).
varmints
the Southern States way of saying "vermin".
victrolas
victrola: a wooden cabinet body with an interior horn used in the early 1900s to project sound.
yankees
to the British, a Yank is an American. To Americans, Yankees means those living in the Northern states.
yappy
American slang meaning "talkative".