The speech of Tennesseans is rich in racy and vigorous folk idiom, derived from times when the English language had not yet been starched and formalized with definitions and rules of grammar. In the speech of the unlettered, especially in the mountains and hill country, there is often the metrical surge and flow of the Old Testament and of the Reformation hymns that the people sing. “My mind went a-rambling like wild geese in the West.” “I went down to Chattanooga, where the smoke runs up to the sky.” “I am not fitten for to knock at her door.”
- from the original 1939 Tennessee: A Guide to the State
I come from this really small town near Nashville, Tennessee, where everything was la-di-da and normal.
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