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A list of The Andy Griffith Show and Spin-Off Series Terminology Edit

AEdit

  • Act like somebody: act good, behave.
  • A-braggin': bragging
  • A-gin: against
  • A-tall: At all
  • A-piling up: gathering a lot
  • Arm an' a leg: an awful lot

BEdit

  • Back off: a long time ago
  • Banger: banjo
  • Blooey: the instance of a loaded goat exploding, as described by Barney

CEdit

  • Caterwauling: long wailing cries, as cats in rutting time.
  • Clankered Up: Locked in jail
  • Cleaning-ist: cleanest
  • Clear as crystal: very clear
  • Clink: another term for jail
  • Clinky-dink: another term for jail
  • Crocked: Drunk

DEdit

  • Diddly boo: money
  • Diversifyin': Reducing risk by investing in a variety of assets
  • Doohickey(s): thing
  • Dough: money
  • Downright: totally
  • Do: party, as in "I'm having a little do at my pad"

EEdit

FEdit

  • Fair to Middlin': Doing pretty good
  • Falsifyin': lying
  • Fellas: Men
  • Flapping you lip: Speaking out of turn
  • Fell Off: Lost a lot of weight
  • Fixin': preparing to perform an action/task; "I'm fixin' to get angry!"

GEdit

  • Gassed: Drunk
  • Good sized cramp: debt
  • Give me some Good: Kiss me

HEdit

  • Heavy-up: raise
  • Hick: country
  • Hickville: a small town
  • Highfalutin': fancy
  • High-old time: good time
  • Hey: hello or hi, "Hey, Goob!"

KEdit

  • Kin: family

MEdit

  • Mighty: very
  • Mollycoddling: Treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively.
  • Mosein' along: moving along
  • Motorcicle: Motorcycle
  • Much obliged: thank you
  • Moon: moonshine; illegal achohol

NEdit

  • Nave: Barney's way of saying "Naive", Naive meaning to be gullible.
  • Naw: No
  • Nip It in the Bud: stop some behavior or event from continuing

OEdit

  • Old country: England
  • Opum it.: "Open it" said with the mouth closed on 2nd syllable of 'opum'. Andy said this to Aunt Bea about her letter from Roger Hanover. "Opum it! Opum it! Opum it!"

PEdit

  • Passed on: died
  • Pasos: Mexican dollar
  • Paw: Pa, Father
  • Peach of an idea: very good idea
  • Pikers: A cheap person
  • Plumb decent:
  • Preachin' : to go to church
  • Pretty Penny: expensive

REdit

  • Reckon: "I suppose."
  • Riled up: To stir up
  • Rip-Snorter: A good, fun time
  • Roll: a large amount of money
  • Rotten apples: mean, ornery people
  • Rubes: hick, country
  • Running with: dating someone

SEdit

  • Samoyas: The term is "semolians," a slang term for cash.
  • Set of threads: suit
  • Shazam: an expression used by Gomer when he is surprised or shocked
  • Simmer down: calm down
  • Smith Brothers institution: The Smithsonian
  • Snoot full: being drunk
  • Spattin': arguing
  • Some smart: brilliance
  • Soused: drunk
  • Stow it: be quiet, shut up
  • Sun up: when the sun rises
  • Sun down: when the sun sets

TEdit

  • Talking ugly: using swear words
  • Tiddly: drunk
  • Tick a lock: keep quiet and don't talk about something
  • Twang box: Brisco Darling's way of saying "guitar"
  • 'Tween: between

WEdit

  • What-cha: What are you? or possibly asking what a person is "up-to"?
  • Worsh it: Wash it
  • Worsh line: wash line, clothes line
  • Winder': window
  • "What's the damage?": "What do I owe you?"

YEdit

  • Yappin': talking
  • Yonder: A distance away

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