In a joking comment, I "accused" a neighbor of committing a less-than-ethical deed. "I'm not that common," was his rejoinder.
On Ocracoke, "common" means "low," "inferior," "base," or "tawdry." It is often used in the expression "common some" meaning "very common," as in "He never leaves more than a 5% tip. He's common some!"
Just one more Ocracoke expression being preserved by islanders.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an account of the recent skirmishes
islanders have had with North Carolina legislatures over the issue of
ferry tolls...and a 1955 newspaper editorial advocating free,
state-operated ferries across Hatteras Inlet. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news082113.htm.