What's in a Word | All Blogs


A crackerjack Americanism

By Debra Dobbins

The headline above plays off the Americanism “jim-dandy,” which means excellent or very pleasing, according to Webster’s. It’s akin to another Americanism, “crackerjack.”

Jim is used as an intensifier, rather like the words “very” or “quite.”

“Jim-dandy” can be considered part of southern dialect. (Dialect means language that is peculiar to a specific area or region.) For instance, it appears in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, which is set in the Deep South:

“We could not wait for Atticus to come home for dinner, but called and said we had a big surprise for him. He seemed surprised when he saw most of the back yard in the front yard, but he said we had done a jim dandy job. ‘I didn’t know how you were going to do it,’ he said to Jem, ‘but from now on I’ll never worry about what’ll become of you, son, you’ll always have an idea.’”

Judging from the article on basketball star Jimmer Fredette, he always has an idea on how to rack up major points for Brigham Young University. You can read the story on Fredette in today’s print edition or e-edition.


 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Peppers a’plenty
By Penny Stine
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Planning for the Holidays
By Julie Norman
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thank you, Chicago
By Robin Dearing
Monday, September 15, 2014

Scooter Goes to Capitol Pass
By Ann Driggers
Monday, September 15, 2014

When your palate pines for a purple palette on your plate
By Penny Stine
Monday, September 15, 2014


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Sign in to your account
Information

© 2014 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy