Friday, September 29, 2006

Right Peckish

That's what Dale said he was yesterday afternoon. We wonder if any of our readers know what Dale was talking about? Please post a comment if you know what the word means (no fair if you have to look it up). And let us know where you're from and how you know the word.

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  1. Anonymous9:39 AM

    "Right peckish" to me means "hungry." How I know that I'm not sure, but I am sensitive and receptive to colorful colloquial language, and I'm sure I picked it up somewhere. Maybe Ocracoke!

  2. Anonymous10:49 AM

    This just in from western PA: peckish means hungry, but in a "Gee, wonder what's the cupboard," sort of way vs. the "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse," manner. Moreover, "right peckish" smacks of the British Isles. You can "hear" the influence yourself if you envision a Monty Python character saying he's "roight peckish."

  3. Anonymous4:17 PM

    It means hungry to the point of irritability in British English, which I know from some UK friends.

    David John

  4. My Mother used peckish to mean "just sorta hungry, not starving". I live in WV near Charleston, but my Mother was born and lived until a teenager in Greenbrier County WV.