Friday, July 16, 2004


"Younguns, hain't I been mommucked this day!" is a distinctive Ocracoke expression.  For all of you off-islanders, to mommuck means to harass.  The expression above generally indicates that you've had a rough day.  Maybe your grass cutter wouldn't start, the neighbor's dog tore up your garden, you burned the meatloaf in the oven, and lightning knocked out your telephone service. 
Mommuck can also be used to inidicate that one person harrassed or beat up on another.  Or it can be used to describe conditions in Pamlico Sound, as in "I was mommucked right, out there fishing my crab pots this morning," meaning that the water was choppy & rough. 
If this has been a difficult week in the office, just stand up and announce to your co-workers, "Younguns, hain't I been mommucked this day!"  Maybe it will remind you of Ocracoke, and help you feel a little better, even if you do get a few puzzled looks.


  1. Anonymous12:36 PM

    Thanks for the amusing thought on an otherwise dull day at the office. I check your journal daily and it never fails to provide me with a brief, mental vacation to Ocracoke. Thank you!
    Amy of Philadelphia

  2. Anonymous12:50 PM

    I agree with Amy. But first I look at the background of my computer monitor - it has an arial view of the village - and then I read the daily journal. For those of us who cannot get to Ocracoke often enough, the journal gets us there in heart.
    Peggy from Virginia