Being from the south, my father's side of the family has a tendency to utilize words and phrases that often seem, ahem...strange. Phrases like, "over yonder", "sit a spell", "shin dig", and "ya'll" flow freely from their lips. If we are together for awhile, I find myself speaking the country vernacular as well. And truth be known, I love it!
On a recent visit to my aunt's house, she introduced our youngest monkey girl as the "knee baby". Now that is one phrase that I have not heard, so I had to ask for a translation.
According to southern tradition, the knee baby is the baby that was the baby before the baby came along. Confused yet? So was I, until I had another glass of sweet tea and some chew bread, then I went out on the porch and set for a spell.
Here is my "knee baby" with my "baby baby":
Ya'll come back now, ya hear,