Friday, April 13, 2012
A-Z Challenge - L is for Least'uns, Loafin', and Loafer's Glory
What I would give to be able to loaf my days away. Loafers Glory would be a good place to do it. Pretty scenery, a mountain river, the gentle chunk-a-chunk of the passing coal train.
You say you're not familiar with the term loafin'? Well, this falls back to those Scotch-Irish roots of the Appalachian mountains and a language steeped in Old English and Southern vernacular. If you're just chilling out, relaxing, not working hard like you're supposed to, you're loafin'. Mountain folks are hard-working people. So when you ask someone what they're doing and they answer, "Why I ain't doing much but loafin'." It's usually said with a wry smile and a wink.
Sometimes it's the oldest in the family that's the loafer and sometimes it's the least'in (least one). What the heck is the least one, you say? Why it's the youngest child, the littlest one, the least one. The first time I heard this term, I was clueless.
"The what?" I asked.
"Why, the least'in."
"The who?" I asked.
"The least'in, the baby of the family."
"Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh." And I finally got it.
Where's your favorite place to loaf? And are you the least'in in your family?