Bluegrass has a langauge all its own. Here are some commonly used terms you can sprinkle into your bluegrass conversation to sound as authentic as a died-in-the-wool hill billy picker.
Ale: sickness of any sort.
“I drank a pint of shine and I was miserable ale.” (See also chaw)
a-tall: Not any.
“He got no brains a-tall.”
Blonded: Inablity to see.
” He got chaw in his eye and got blonded.”
Chaw: tobacco product meant to be chewed and spit.
“He swallered his chaw and got ale.”
Far: a chemical reaction producing visible light and radiant energy that is most commonly the result of oxidation of organic compounds.
“Don’t sit in the far too long—it’ll wreck yer pants.”
Haint: a ghost, or not having the ability to do something.
“He haint goin’ make that curve.”
Keifer (ki-fer) an individual that “borrows” but never “returns.”
“Don’t loan him no pick. He’s the biggest keifer that ever walked the earth.”
Kin:one’s relatives, alternately the ability to do something.
“I know we’re kin; even Ray Charles kin see that.”
pickin’: playing any stringed instrument
“If you keep pickin’ that geetar like that, son, it’ll never heal.”
Rat cheer:in this very location.
“Y’all can set that keg rat cheer were we kin reach it.
*Shine: a clear, potent, home-made alcohol with a proof of 180 made from corn, fruit, potato peels or any other organic material. One pint is usually enough to reduce 20 men to raving drunkeness and fire-sitting behaviors.
Showin’ yer ass: behaving in a boorish and reprehensible manner.
“He drank a gallon of shine*, busted his geetar and showed his ass.”
Spacial: unique or worthy of note
“That gal rat cheer is somethin’ spacial all right!”
win: movement of air caused by unequal heating of the atmosphere.
“Dad blame it’s hot. Haint no win a-tall.”
wire: a specific place
“We wasn’t goin’ no wire spacial.”