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Oosh! It’s Cold!

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Bob from Mount Airy, North Carolina, says that while growing up in Michigan, he and others said Brr! in cold weather. But where he lives now, he often hears people exclaim Oosh! As noted in Gratitude for Shoes: Growing up Poor in the Smokies (Bookshop|Amazon), both ooshand ooshey! are used in Appalachia to mean “It’s quite cold.” Tipper Pressley also discusses ooshie on her site The Blind Pig and the Acorn, a wonderful resource for all things Appalachian. This is part of a complete episode.

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