Monday, October 17, 2005

Farmer Speak

I've been hauling corn out of the field to the local grain elevator. We get out of our trucks while we're waiting and talk to other farmers. It was pointed out to me today, that a farmer I've know all my life uses the word roont. I shall use in a sentence for you.
"My kids borrowed my chainsaw and when I got it back it wouldn't work. It was roont."
Roont': 1.to render useless. 2. to make something of value into something of no value. 3.insolvent. 4.broken. derivitive from 'upity speech' meaning ruined.
Just so's ya know.

14 comments:

Paul said...

My friend talks about snooty folks as "high-uppity." I know what she means. I knew what roont meant, too.

Rhodent said...

I have had many things roont by my kids over the years.

Jerry said...

Cliff,
I'm well aware of that phrase. If we kids broke any farm machinery, Dad would say that we "roont it". However, when Dad ran over the chainsaw with the bobcat, the chainsaw was just "not made worth a damn anyway".

I think you could market a Farm English to City English dictionary.

JUST A MOM said...

OOOOO my, you didn't need to use it in a sentence for me. I knew just what you were talking bout.

Dan said...

Knock it off! You're roonin the English language!!

Rachel said...

My Dad used that one all the time! We also use it for food that isn't edible anymore. "You have roont this soup! I wish you'd learn how to cook!"

Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Cliff
Just a guess but about this time last year I think I roont that corn trailer tire.
Ralph

Jamie Dawn said...

I know this farmer guy whose blog I read, and he uses the word "so's." It is a contraction for so as.
He's roont me for using the words so as anymore.
From now on, it's so's forever.

Cute post!

Jamie Dawn said...

This roont thing reminds me of Doug's blog, a blog friend on my blogroll.
I hope you will stop by his site.
Each day he puts up a new word, one with a definition written years ago by author Ambrose Bierce and an updated one written by Doug.
Then, we comment and add to it our definitions and whatever comes to mind. It is a lot of fun.
I hope you will give it a try, because your wit would be a great addition to the mix.
Doug always comments back to each person who leaves a comment.

http://bitterbierce.blogspot.com/

Carolyn said...

I knew exactly what you meant. But then, we are practically neighbors, in the big scope of things. Check out my October 17 entry :)

Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

Thx for the smiles. New phrase to me but easily deciphered... When I was practicing Speech Pathology the topic of regional differences often came up. I retired from that job after only a few years but wasn't roont- took 3 wks off, then saw clients in my home during my oldest's naps or in the evening.
I like Jerry's idea about a Farmer's speak dictionary.

Idgie @ the "Dew" said...

Actually, the words, "My kids borrowed the chainsaw" strikes fear in my heart!

My kids roont everything. Including my nice youthful face. Suddenly I'm buying any face cream Melanie Griffiths sells.

Anonymous said...

So's and Roont are hick speak.

Anonymous said...

hicks are subhumans who will be burned like chaff upon hells damnation fires