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Great Wooded South Lexicon XIV

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By Billy Joe Fudge

As often happens when one finds oneself battling with a stubborn fit of insomnia around 2:00 in the morning, one's mind tends to wander way beyond the peripheries of normal thought! Recently, I found myself way beyond those peripheries.

Suddenly, the word, "stob" and a couple more words which were of very common usage here in the Great Wooded South when I was a youngster leaped into my consciousness. Now, not only are they not commonly used, one can hardly find the definition in the Webster's of today! There are definitions for these words of course, but not ones specific to the usage dating back to my youth.

So, in the interest of preserving those specific definitions of usage and their inherent relationship to each other, here goes:
  • Newground - (Noun) a new area of farmland created from woodland by cutting and removing all the trees, cutting the saplings, then piling the brush and tree tops and burning them. The stumps would often be left to rot over the years or dug out or blasted with dynamite.

  • Stob - (Noun) either a dead stick, or inch or so diameter sapling stump protruding from the soil.

  • Grub - (Verb) to dig a stob, sapling, bush, or stick from its vertical position to be disposed of by piling and burning or laying on the ground to rot.

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