Now hit. Hit's another story.
|This is actually me, about age 2. Ain't hit sweet.|
Me: Is that your grandchild?
Insurance Lady: Why lord, yes. Ain't hit sweet.
Insurance Lady: Yes, hit's spoiled rotten, going on near five now, that sweet little thing we just love hit to death.
Now where I grew up, young children were Johnny or Becky or Suzie Q but never were they to be Hit. Here, it's a whole 'nother ball of wax.
In Wikipedia under the definition of Appalachian English (yes, there is such a heading) it says below the phonemic incidence heading:
H retention occurs at the beginning of certain words. It, in particular, is pronounced hit at the beginning of a sentence and also when emphasized. The word "ain't" is pronounced hain't.
There are so many things I love about this area, but I must admit, calling your children "Hit" is just one I've never gotten used to.
So, do you "hit" your children or just call them by name?