Abboism #39: Stankin Nigh
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Abboism of the Week: Stankin Nigh
Stankin nigh – Southern colloquialism
Definition: very close, pretty near.
Origin: I know the nigh is pretty common in the South; at least I’ve heard it for nigh on 40-some-odd years. If you’ve heard stankin nigh, let me know in the comments.
Synonym: purt’ near
Can you use it in a sentence?
“Remember that book project I started on a while back? I’ll be stankin nigh done with it by the time Labor Day rolls around.”
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Owning “Stankin Nigh“
Supposedly, you have to use a word or phrase three times before you “own it.” Feel free to incorporate Abboisms like like stankin nigh into your own vernacular. Use it three times and it’s yours.Thanks for reading. For the next generation, Al Ainsworth alainsworth.com
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