Ozark Dialect

Estimated Time: 10 minutes

If you were to travel to different areas of the U.S., you would notice different accents and dialects. Dialect is a type of language that is particular to a region. The author uses the dialect he grew up using in the Ozarks as a boy. Some of these words may be unusual to you.

Read the vocabulary below and add it to your notebook.

  • allot \ ə-ˈlät \ v. to assign as a share or portion*
  • cur \ ˈkər \ n.a mongrel or inferior dog*
  • fester\ ˈfe-stər \ v. to cause increasing poisoning, irritation, or bitterness*
  • grit \ ˈgrit \ n. unconquerable spirit*
  • mull \ ˈməl \ v. to consider at length*
  • muster \ ˈməs-tər \ v. an act of assembling*
  • wily\ ˈwī-lē \ adj. full of wiles : crafty*

* Merriam-Webster.com, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/. Accessed 1 June 2018.