Wednesday, January 30, 2008

huh?

I think I've just stumbled across a Mississippism previously undiscovered in my 3 and a half years of living here. I called to reschedule my doctor's visit for this morning because I forgot to NOT eat breakfast (blood work + breakfast = DISASTER!).

Doctor's office lady: "The next early morning I have is Friday the 8th."
Me: "Okay, that'll be perfect. What time?"
Lady: "So that's Friday week, not this Friday."
Me: "I'm sorry?"
Lady "That's Friday week. At 8:30."
Me: "Rrright, the 8th."

"Friday week?" What the heck does that mean?

Of course, I said "neutral ground" to a bunch of guys from the Delta a couple of days ago. "The what?" "The neutral gr... MEDIAN."

20 comments:

Alice said...

I've never heard that ...and I've lived her all my life minus 3 months....she's weird.

From the Doghouse said...

I've heard it a lot; it's just a shortened version of "a week from Friday."

And I still say neutral ground too. And brake tag.

Stacey said...

Wait, people here don't call it a brake tag? Dangit.

msudeere said...

as being from the delta I have never heard of neutral ground either but what is a brake tag?

Carter said...

i have a that a lot, also. what the heck is brake tag? here in east tennessee, people say "you'ins" instead of "y'all." i had never heard that until i moved to the mountains.

grammargirl said...

I've lived in the Jackson, MS area all my life and I've heard "Friday week" as long as I can remember, but have never heard the median referred to as neutral ground and don't have a clue what a brake tag is.

Christy said...

Scweeet! I got a phone call from a lady wanting a discount on her free ad. . .


WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

*chirp* *chirp* *chirp*

Black Betty said...

my MIL says it all the time...takes some getting used to though...

Susan said...

Christy - that's hysterical!

Stacey - "Friday week" is just another way to confuse people when nobody quite knows which Friday is "this" Friday versus "next" Friday. Clearly the next Friday is day after tomorrow, but most people say it meaning Friday week. =) I've heard it off and on, but not a lot. I don't know what the heck a brake tag is, though.

mayberry said...

Bunch of hicks.

From the Doghouse said...

A brake tag is known in these parts as an inspection sticker.

mayberry said...

Inspection stickers are a bunch of crap.

Susan said...

I think Alison's had a bad day!

Susan said...

Hey Stacey, I just heard a rumor that my boss #1 ran into Ron Paul at the Mobile airport today! Sadly, he didn't realize who he was until after he got home...

Sandi said...

My grandmother used to say that all the time. It is indeed a Southernism. Now, I'm fixing to check on my blog...

Blake and Lilly's Momma said...

Ok.... I am from the north and I ain't never heard none of them there hick words yous be talkin' about!

heee heee heee!!!!!

Love y'all though :) Married one of y'all. Can't understand a word he says when he's mad :) LMAO!!!

Jo

Carter said...

we don't even have *brake tags* in East TN. you can drive whatever hunk-a-junk you want

Watercolor said...

Where you been hiding out??

Watercolor said...

well, will admit that I tell time to the nearest 30 minutes... heh. Drove my dad batty. "What time is it?" " 5 til" "5 til?!" "Yeah, 5 till 10:30." Makes sense to me in here in my head.....

jesusthroughmary said...

I've heard it a lot, but I always hear "Friday a week."

Could someone please define "brake tag" for the benefit of those of us who speak English?