Hillbilly Term of the Day

Hillbilly Term of the Day November 30, 2010



British Soldier: noun. A lichen that blooms bright red in early spring when snow is still on the ground. The term comes from the reference to British Soldiers and their red coats, although some folks refer to it as Matchstick lichen.

British Oil was also a commonly used term among the mountain people but they were not referring to the kind that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. It was a cod liver oil used to treat the croup.

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  • Solider or soldier? Not being a snot here. Colloquialisms have frequently tansposed letters. ??

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      just a mistyping, Roger. Sorry. I get in a hurry.

  • Diane

    This isn’t going so well, so far I’m 3 for 3 in not knowing my hillbilly terms. My ancestors are probably rolling over in some mountainside grave.

    • Karen Spears Zacharias

      Stick with it Diane. You’ll get the hang of it eventually.