Heres whar ya learn allbout Hillbillies.
In honor of National Hillbilly Day,Welcome to the Hillbilly section of our website. Here you will find:
Definition of the term Hillbilly
Hillbilly is a term referring to people who dwell in remote, rural, mountainous areas. In particular the term refers to residents of Appalachia and later the Ozarks in the United States. Usage of the term "Hillbilly" generally differs from other terms referring to rural people in the United States in that it can be used for mountain dwelling people anywhere but is generally not used to refer to rural people in non-mountainous areas. A Hillbilly is not the same thing as a redneck and cracker even though it is often verbalized as such. Hillbillies theoretically are merely isolated from the dominant culture and live a different way of live.
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Hillbillies really know how ta cook dem vittles! Why wese some of the best cooks round. In fact we are da best outdoors cooks dats ever walked these mountains dats fer shore. We know allbout huntin, skinnin and stockin up the night fire and grillin up the best mountain feasts fer miles. We likes all meats and we know jess how to cook the wild out ya know. We can make pones ah bread on da fire, cobblers on da fire, soups & southern stews, gruels, and wese even cook da best fried pies ever. If ya wonts ta have some of arr recipes den jess go to our "Hillbilly Recipe Directory."
Hillbilly Facts & History
- The southern Irish Catholic supporters of James II referred to northern Protestant supporters of King William as "Hill-Billies" and "Billy Boys"--Billy being an abbreviation of William; the term "Billy Boy" is still used today, mainly in Northern Ireland.
- It is believed that the term "hillbilly" in the United States was conferred during the early 18th Century by the occupying British soldiers as a carry over from the Irish term, in referring to Scotch-Irish immigrants of mainly Presbyterian origin, dwelling in the frontier areas of the Appalachian Mountains.
- It is speculated that the term "Hillbilly" emerged as a derogatory nickname given by the coastal plain dwelling Anglo-Saxon Southerners for the hill-dwelling settlers of Eastern Tennessee, Western Virginia, northern Arkansas and Eastern Kentucky, many of whom were ambivalent to the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
- Billy Yank was the common term for Union soldiers, the nemesis of the Confederate Johnny Reb.
- The use of the word was probably most apt (and relatively inoffensive) during the period between the western expansion of the early-to-mid nineteenth century and the post-war period of the 1940s.
- Early editions of Websters Dictionary include a definition of hillbilly as "a Michigan Farmer".
- Historically, there were conflicts between the mountain-dwelling "hillbillies" and the planters who lived on the coastal plains. During the American Civil War, many residents of western Virginia were pro-Union in that they generally did not own slaves and resented the political dominance of planters who did.
- Country music was originally called hillbilly music, even by its fans, until the 1950s. Now, the older name is deemed offensive (and inappropriate) and is hardly ever used. However, the term "Hillbilly music" is now sometimes used to describe Old-time music.
- An early tune that contained the word "hillbilly" was "Hillbilly Boogie" by the Delmore Brothers in 1946.
- Since the mid 1970's the Applachian town of Pikeville, Kentucky has been home to the annual Hillbilly Days Festival. The large festival, which raises money for the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, pokes fun at the local Hillbilly stereotype and celebrates Applachian culture and art. The festival is the second largest festival in the state of Kentucky, often drawing nearly 100,000 people.
Popular Hillbilly Stereotypes
keep in mind that these are fictional facts
- are often moonshiners with an (illegal) still on their property
- often drink from traditional moonshine clay jugs marked "XXX"
- often wear a worn out floppy hat
- often fight each other along family lines. This is known as a "feud." A historically important fight between hillbilly clans was the Hatfield-McCoy feud.
- have poor personal and dental hygiene (sometimes portrayed with few or no teeth at all).
- are not motivated by money or attempt in any way to improve their social status in comparison to the outside world; are content with their lives; do not generally leave their clans to see other parts of the world
- drive vintage pick-up trucks - (this is actually a redneck trait but sometimes is described as a hillbilly trait but is untrue fact
- wear overalls, with no shirt underneath
- the men often have long, scraggly, and unkempt beards (see Mountain man)
- Mountain men were trappers and explorers that roamed the Rocky Mountains from about 1810 to the early 1840s. These were primarily beaver trappers, but included some who mainly just wanted to explore the West. The stereotypical mountain man was depicted as a loner dressed in animal pelts, sporting bushy facial hair and carrying a muzzle loader and butcher knife, commonly referred to as a "scalpin' knife."
- have two first-names, i.e. Bobby-Sue
- Fit to be tied - Angry! Example: Maw was "fit-to-be-tied when she found out Paw ate all the potatoes for the casserole.
- Darn tootin - means.... that is correct.
- Hankering - means..... A strong or persistent desire or yearning. Example: I have a hankering for fried okra. I've really been craving it."
- Howdy - used to express greetings.
- Hunkey Dorey - means...... Everything is great.
- Lickety split - means..... Very quick.
- Piddlin' - means..... to waist time.
- Purdy - means...... pretty.
- Nearabout or Nearbout - means...... almost.
Real Holidays that Hillbillies just love
Sadie Hawkins Day: In Li'l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was the "homeliest gal in all them hills", she grew frantic waiting for suitors to come a-courtin'. When she reached the age of 35, still a spinster, her father was even more frantic - about Sadie living at home for the rest of his life. In desperation, he called together all the unmarried men of Dogpatch and declared it "Sadie Hawkins Day". Specifically, a foot race was decreed, with Sadie in hot pursuit of the town's eligible bachelors - and matrimony as the consequence.
June 21 - 1 National Hollerin' Contest Day
July 1 - Build a Scarecrow Day
July 4 - Firecracker Day
September 26, Beverly Hillbillies birthday
January 24th: Beer Can Appreciation Day is observed in celebration of the selling of beer in cans.
July 4 - National Country Music Day
July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day - July 6
July 19 - Stick out your tongue day
July 12 - Cow appreciation Day
June - National Soul Food Month.
Urban Dictionary - A Urban Dictionary is a slang dictionary with your definitions. Each and every day you can read a new Urban word for fun.
Risky Whisky Game
Drive a pickup truck and smuggle whiskey in this off road adventure. The risky whisky game has excellent graphics, sounds and play, don't drop the whiskey crate and break the bottles. If you do drop the whiskey crate you must drive back over to it to pick it up. You are alloted 2 minutes to complete your run and 6 chances to drop the whiskey crate breaking the bottles. PCman's fun, flash games arcade.