Appalachian Sayings: “Nary a one”

I often use this phrase.  In Appalachia, “nary a one” means none, not one, none at all.

This year, although the wild dogwood trees in the woods around us burst out in beautiful blooms, the three trees in our back garden had no blooms, nary a one.

One of our dogwood trees, full of leaves but nary a bloom.

Likewise, although I have enjoyed seeing the photos of irises so many bloggers have posted this year, nary a one of our iris plants has bloomed.

Do you say, “Nary a one,” or have you ever heard it used?




4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Schultz says:

    I have heard it before, in a couple old folk songs.

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    1. That’s interesting! I may have heard it in old folk songs, too, but it may not have registered in my brain because I’m so used to hearing it said. 🙂


      1. Tom Schultz says:

        So many of the old American folk songs came from Appalachia.


        1. Yes, they did. I grew up listening to and singing many of those old songs.

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