What is gomming & yowing?

That’s a Southern expression–it means to eat (“gomming down your food”) and talk (“what are you yowing about?”), often at the same time. Not in a talking-with-your-mouth-full kind of way, but eating and talking are two of the most time-honored traditions in my (red) neck of the woods!

As a very Southern gentleman once remarked to me, whilst eating potato salad I’d fixed (made from ingredients I purchased at the closest grocery store in Tarrytown, New York–and they did not have the correct brand of mayonnaise OR pickle relish to which I was accustomed!), that in his opinion, there was “nothing finer than sitting down at one good meal and talking about the next!”

As I said, a true bred-in-the-bone Southern gentleman!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ken says:

    my dad and mom would say gooming. They are from England and Scotland, respectively

    1. ltbrwnhare says:

      Most folks in this area are some mix of Scots & Irish; makes sense the words came with them!

  2. Ken says:

    gomming I meant…oops

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