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Each of my Internet Tourbus posts between 1995 and 2002 included a "Southern Word of the Day." The following is a complete list of those Southern Words.

If you choose to redistribute this list, please give credit where credit is due. Questions and comments should be sent to Patrick Crispen, University of Alabama class of 1998.

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IGNERT (adj). Not smart. See "Auburn Alumni."
Usage: "Them N-C-TWO-A boys sure are ignert!"

IMPA TICKLER (adv). Specifically.
Usage: "Whatcha doin tonite?" "Nuttin impa tickler."
(Special thanks to Lee Overstreet for today's word)

IN-TAR (adj). The whole quantity. All of.
Usage: "The After-Christmas sale applies to our in-tar inventory."
(Special thanks to Talbert Malone for today's word)

INJUN (noun). A machine that converts energy into mechanical force.
Usage: "Man, that truck sure has a big injun."
(Special thanks to Zameel Syed for today's word)

INNERST (noun). The rental cost of money.
Usage: "Greenspan just raised the innerst rate another 25 points."
(Special thanks to Steven A. Creasy for today's word, and to my Monetary Theory professor, Dr. Hooks, for teaching me the definition)

ITCH (contraction). Alternative spelling of ITSA.
Usage: "Thars a phone call fer yew. Itch yer waaaaf."
(Special thanks to Richard Omer for today's word)

JAPE (noun). A general purpose military vehicle currently manufactured by DaimlerChrysler.
Usage: "You see that new Jape Liberty? It looks like a BUG!"
(Special thanks to Dick Linder for today's word)

JAUNTSAMORE (phrase). Asking if one wants seconds at mealtimes.
(Special thanks to Adam Joshua Smargon of the University of Florida for today's word)

JAWJUH (proper noun). Highly flammable state just north of Florida.
Usage: "My brother from Jawjah bard my pickup truck."

JEET (interrogatory). An inquiry of if someone is hungry.
Usage: "Jeet?" "Nah .. didju?"
(Special thanks to comedian Jeff Foxworthy and hundreds of other TOURBUS riders for today's word)

JIN-WINE or JIN-U-WINE (adj). Authentic or real.
Usage: "Yer ditty gave me some jin-wine cubic zircominum jury."
(Special thanks to Ellen Lee for today's word)

JOURAH (noun). A person summoned to serve on a jury.
Usage: "There are twelve jourahs on a jury."
(Special thanks to Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Clerk Doris Turner for today's word)

JU-HERE (phrase).
Usage: "Juhere that former Dallas Cowboys' coach Jimmy Johnson recently toured the University of Alabama?"
(Special thanks to my dad, the Rev. Bob "Bob" Crispen, for today's word)

JUICY (phrase).
Usage: "Juicy the Guff of Mexico?"
(Special thanks to Donna Griffin and Owen O'Neil for today's word)

JURY (noun). Necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc.
Usage: "Mah ... that's sum right pretty jury yah got on"
(Special thanks to Alisa Norvelle for today's word)

KERNT (noun). A type of raisin (currant).
Usage: "KERNT? Heck, that's nothing more an expensive RAISIN!"
(Special thanks to CJ Stanman for today's word)

KILT (verb). Past tense of exterminate.
Usage: "Davey Crockett kilt him a bar when he wuz only three."
(Special thanks to Ezra Bob Tanenbaum for today's word)

KOREA (noun). A lifelong vocation.
Usage: "Ah'm planning on a korea in auto repair"
(Special thanks to Emory Fong for today's word)

KUMPNY (noun). 1) Business, 2) group of invited guests, 3) a Southern euphemism for the CIA.
Usage: "Put yo overalls on, Bubba ... kumpny's comin!"

KWATTA (noun, adj). One-fourth of something.
Usage: "Put another kwatta in the juke box, Bubba!"
(Special thanks to Rebecca Mellander for today's word)

LAIG (noun). A limb or appendage.
Usage: "That there hound dog done bit me in the laig!"
(Special thanks go to Roy Daniel for today's word)

'LANNA (proper noun). The capitol of Jawjuh.
Usage: "Ya see them 'limpics in 'lanna a few years back?"
(Special thanks to an anonymous TOURBUS rider for today's word)

LAR (noun). A dishonest person
Usage: "Lar, lar, paints on far!"
(Special thanks to Ken Sawka for today's word)

LAY-UFT (noun, verb, or adjective). Not right. :P
Usage: "Ellie may done lay-uft me after the trailer started leanin to
the lay-uft!"
(Special thanks to Cindy Vela for today's word)

LAY-UFT (verb). To show mirth.
Usage: "Did you see CNN's new look? It's a RIOT! I just lay-uft and lay-uft and lay-uft!"
(Special thanks to Ted Turner et al. for inspiring today's word)

LAY-UMB (noun). A wooly mammal.
Usage: "May-uh-ree had a little lay-umb."

LAYMAN (noun). A tart fruit.
Usage: "Hunny, git me some more of that thar layman aid!"
(Special thanks to Tom Bates for today's word)

LEASE (adj). The smallest amount of.
Usage: "Nah, that's the lease of my problems."
(Special thanks to Dr. Franklin Drucker and Lord Ashley Cooper for today's word)

LECTRIC (noun). Something operated by electricity.
Usage: "I ain't payin' no $200 lectric bill!"
(Special thanks to a customer I overheard at Alabama Power for today's word)

LESSON (adv).
Usage: "Ah'm gonna be dead tarred tomorrow lesson I git me some sleep."
(Special thanks to Var Spicer for today's word)

LILAC (phrase). An untruth.
Usage: "He's a nice enough feller, but he can lilac a dog!"
(Special thanks to Gabe Helou for today's word)

'LIMPICKS (noun). Relating to the Olympic Games.
Usage: "Them there 'limpicks sho do look COLD!"
(Special thanks to me for today's wurd)

LINE (verb). Making untrue statements with the intent to deceive.
Usage: "You knew Bear Bryant? Boy, you line!"

LOO-VER (proper noun). A museum in Paris.
Usage: "I went to that 'Hall of Reubins' in that Loo-ver museum in Paris, but didn't see a single sandwich anywhere!"
(Special thanks to Ollis Miller for today's word. Also note the rarity of this word's usage.)

LORE (verb). Allow to descend.
Usage: "Lore that net inta tha water, Bubba!"

LOT (noun). Source of luminescence. (adj)
Usage: "I dream of Jeanie in the lot-brown hair."

LOT BUB (noun). A lot-emitting device.
Usage: "That boy's about as bright as a burned out lot bub."
(Special thanks to Dena D. Pinkard for today's word)

LOWERED (noun). A diety.
Usage: "Lowered, bless this pick up truck."
(Special thanks to "Mike or Carmen O'Donnell in Kingston" for today's word)

LOOM-NUM (noun). An element with the same two-letter abbreviation as my beloved home state of Alabama.
Usage: "Hoo-boy! That's some nice loom-num sidin'!"
(Special thanks to Barbara Mullins for today's word)

LYNDON (verb). To disburse with the hope of repayment.
Usage: "Thar are two jobs that a bank duz: barn and lyndon."
(Special thanks to Lee Hartman for today's word)

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