Ceturtl, you’re right about these terms being more hillbilly than southern. There is also a lot of cultural heritage pride and unusual language variation in Cajun country. I tell my Louisiana friends that the cajuns and we Appalachian hillbillies approach life in the same way: we are both proud of our heritage to a fault even when others think that we’re ignorant (while we know that we are in fact superior) and that both cultures are very carpe diem. We both exhibit our love of personal freedoms by raising hell and having a good time, but the Catholic cajuns don’t feel any guilt while the primative Baptist hillbillies are full of guilt.
MBROOKES, I’ll bet that Sam heard a lot more of this kind of language during the time he spent in Franklin County, NC than he has heard in Mississippi.