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I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. People from other parts of the country always made fun of how the "mountain people" talked
when I was growing up, and I guess they still do.
I used to be a little embarrassed of my "mountain slang", but now I embrace it. It is a dying language that was brought over by Irish settlers from
Europe. I have even heard one researcher say it came down from Royalty.
(That makes me feel better!)
Although I don't speak with the same slang as the people in this video, there were a lot of folks who did where I was raised.
I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF WHERE I COME FROM! I wouldn't change a thing!
Do you all think people should be judged by the way they talk?
Stereotypes abound about the people who call Appalachia their home. The common assumption is that it is a region lacking in racial and ethnic
diversity, populated mostly by whites of European ancestry. But the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia in general were actually settled by diverse groups
of people. Coming to the area around 1000 A.D., the Cherokee Indians left a strong legacy; Oconoluftee, Nantahala, Hiwassee, Cheoah, Junaluska,
Cataloochee, and Cullowhee are just a few of the places whose names pay homage to the Smoky Mountains’ Cherokee settlers.
And for those who need help understanding what we are saying...
I hope this will help educate "outsiders" about the mountain people, and if you come for a visit, be sure to study the language in the dictionary I
linked first so you will understand what we are saying.