DOO-DADS, THING-A-MA-JIGS, & DOO-HICKEYS
Many people, when speaking or writing today; will agonize for hours trying to find just the right words or phrases. This is totally uncalled for if one happens to be from, or a visitor in, the Deep South. We simply don’t do things that way. In fact, there are very few things that we will expend the energy to agonize over: – period.
We more or less take things as they come, and let them go at that. In many cases, anyone that does use the correct words to define something is often considered, “quare”, “uppity”, or “biggity.” We know exactly what is meant by; “That doo-hickey, what sits on top of th’ motor in my truck, went bad.” (Definition): The truck needs a new carburetor. See how simple it is.
When one tells you that the ‘air’s a-showing’ thru th’ rite ‘back’un;’ you know instantly, that he is referring to a hole in one of the tires on his vehicle. Just stating facts without searching for an ideal description; is one of the things that make for the colorful language that the South is famous for.
While these descriptions may seem strange to some; they hold perfect meanings for most of us. i.e. “Busted my han’ wide open on th’ lug wrench, when I’sa changin’ th’ back’un;” explains why the hand is bandaged.
These descriptive narrations are not used because of lack of knowledge. In most cases, they are as much a part of the make-up of the area as are ‘kudzu’ and ‘sand-spurs.’
Moreover, it is considered an honor to be invited into one’s home to; ‘Ooh & Ahh’ about “all them doo-dads,” what th’ ‘Little Womern picked up at th’ Flea Market ta’ set on th’ ‘mantlepiece.’
Suppose, you suffer another failure in your method of transportation. “If that “thing-a-ma-jig,” what charges yo’ batt-rey don’t work;” You can rest assured that the Voltage Regulator will also have to be replaced. And; you are in deep trouble if the “what-cha-ma-call-it” is faulty at the same time.
But;, the surprise comes when you compare the cost of the repairs, ($264.95), as quoted by the ‘UP-TOWN SUPER-DEALERSHIP’ Inc; with the local mechanics charges.
Upon receiving your itemized bill for the repairs at “Joe and Jim’s Filling Station” and find that the cost of the Voltage Regulator was $12.95, the Alternator – $36.50 and the labor was $5.00. You are then told; “I hate to do it, but I’ve got to charge you “$54.45. Things is high, these days: Ain’t they?”
This is definitely not a result of being unaware of current prices and labor costs. It is simply the way things are done in the South. We are completely happy with our laid-back style of living. Our needs are not as great as our northern brothers, therefore; We are glad to lend a helping hand when needed.
As a rule, most people who visit here will return again and again; and some even choose to make this their home. The slow pace and relaxed way of doing things have a way of attracting others whose desires are to escape the helter-skelter of larger, more populated areas, and it is usually, not long after making the move until even they; are referring to things with descriptive language such as…
Doo-Dads, Thing-A-Ma-Jigs, and Doo-Hickeys.