Friday, January 25, 2008

Word of the Week - Gullywasher

Having been born and raised in Texas, and being surrounded by native Texans pretty much my whole life, I had no idea that everyday words we use may not be so common outside the Great State. In fact, there have been a few times that I've been stopped mid sentence by a puzzled look from Jared (who grew up in Idaho, Albuquerque, and then Texas), and other friends and family who are Texas converts, when I say something southern without knowing it.

This very thing happened driving home during a huge downpour, we ran inside from the car and I said "It's crazy out there, this is a gullywasher!" Jared looked at me like I had morphed into a 90 yr. old shotgun-carrying grandma from the boonies, "A what?"

After much discussion I wouldn't budge from insisting that it is a real word, used by people under the age of 85, and not just in Texas either! So we took some pictures so I could blog about it and ask for some support on this. Help me out here, is this a passed down Murray farm word or is it legit?

On a side note, I really like lightining, but I HATE thunder. It scares me.


m. & m. said...

I recollect the word but haven't heard it used since I was a kid - when we'd be up to our knees in the mud going crawdad fishing with bologna on a stick.

Tyan said...

That's what I was afraid of...

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