If you spend time with O'cockers you will very soon hear the words "pretty some" or "hot some" or similar expressions. "Some" used after an adjective (usually of one or two syllables) is equivalent to using "very" before the adjective. So, "pretty some" means "very pretty"; "hot some" means "very hot," etc.
I have never heard these expressions anywhere but on Ocracoke Island. I was surprised a few nights ago, as Lachlan, David, and I were watching a vintage episode of the Andy Griffith Show, when I heard Andy say to Aunt Bea, "...you'll have to hurry some" (from "The Pickle Story").
I did a little Internet research and discovered a number of incidents of this expression from many years ago. Here are three:
["...Y]ou'll have to hurry some, Jerry, for your boss just crossed the line...." Border Incident by James W. English, a story published in Boy's Life, Nov. 1946
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i'm in charlotte and i hear these words all the time. i've even heard then used like your examples in ohio. you just have to listen someReplyDelete
NC Mainlander had to hurry some this morning to find Ocracoke Journal. The web-cam on the Ocracoke Harbor Inn web-site has some pretty some boats.ReplyDelete
I love Andy Griffith and I so enjoy reading anything just fun and wholesome.
Thanks for the smiles!
I've heard hurry some (and probably used it LOL) just inland from you....ReplyDelete