I was talking with neighbor Tom Pahl last night and he mentioned that he was interviewed on Public Radio's "A Way With Words" about a month ago. He had called to inquire about the phrase "knock on wood." Although the show's hosts said the origin of that expression is a mystery, they both knew of Ocracoke and the island's unique brogue. You can listen to the interview here (Tom's portion begins at about 41:00):
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of early twentieth century itinerant salesmen, entertainers, and preachers who found their way to the island. You can read it here.