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Hillbilly Lingo - The situation comedy THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71 used backwoods terminology to communicate with each other despite the fact they lived in a mansion in Beverly Hills.

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Frequently heard terms:

  • Black gold - Oil (a.k.a. "Texas Tea")
  • Commence - Start or begin
  • Critters - Elly May's animals (a.k.a. "Varmits")
  • Fancy eatin' room - The Billiard Room
  • Fancy leather lunchboxes - Briefcase
  • Goomers - Dumb people
  • New-Monie - A lung ailment
  • Polecat - Skunk
  • Pot passers - Pool cues
  • Spark - Kiss
  • Trappins - Clothes
  • Yurp - Slang for Europe

Other rural-isms included the phrases:

  • "Feelin' lower than a well digger's heel"
  • "Frisky as a flea on a fat dog"
  • "He was only greenin' ya!"
  • "If brains were lard, his wouldn't grease too big a pan"
  • "Pretty as a bag filled with stripped candy"
  • "Rootin' around like a hog in a new pen"
  • "Set a Spell"
  • "Squawking like a two-pound chicken laying a three-pound
    egg"
  • "You could throw her into the pond and skim ugly for
    a month"
  • "Your tottin' water with a leaky bucket"
  • "You're green enough to stick in the ground and grow"
  • "We-l-l-l-l Doggies!"
  • "Y'all come back now, hear!"

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