Last night I watched Walt Wolfram's latest DVD from the North Carolina Language and Life Project. It is a beautifully produced documentary on the unique dialects of Coastal North Carolina. A number of Ocracokers are featured, including several who have died since the recording was made. It was sad to be reminded of those colorful characters who have made such an impact on this island. Hats off to Walt who has celebrated and documented this distinctive brogue, and who has become good friends with many islanders in the process.
Many local words are featured in the DVD, including "drime," a word more common in the mainland coastal communities, but sometimes heard on Ocracoke. As one user posted on Urban Dictionary, drime (pronounced "droime") means "An expression of absolute dismay. Similar in usage to "damn" with no redeeming qualities." As an example, one might say, "Drime! Those digbatters are walkin' right down the center of Highway 12 again."
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "One Reason to NOT Move to Ocracoke." You can read it here.