poe dunk
Posted: 19 February 2007 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Corn pone is another word for a hillbilly, or poe dunk.

I came across this while I was searching for something on “corn pone”.  Never heard of “poe dunk” - can anyone tell me more about it and its origins?

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Posted: 19 February 2007 11:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Usually spelled podunk.

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Posted: 19 February 2007 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have little doubt that you’re right that that is what is meant, jheem, but have you actually ever seen podunk spelled “poe dunk”?  It’s a new one on me.

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Posted: 19 February 2007 01:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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It’s a new one on me.

By usually I meant always. You are correct, Dr Techie, I was hedging my waffles. I believe I’ve seen it spelled po’ dunk to bring it into line with one of its folk etymologies.

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Posted: 19 February 2007 04:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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As a teenager in the 1950s I remember driving through Massachusetts and driving past a sign identifying the watercourse “Podunk Creek.” No apostrophes or spaces in evidence.

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Posted: 20 February 2007 10:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Cecil on Podunk.

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Posted: 20 February 2007 03:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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"Podunk Holler” is the term a friend used to describe a bad section of town, when we were teenagers. 

OK, that link Jheem provided refers to Podunk Hollow.

Thanks, folks. I am really enjoying this place.

[ Edited: 20 February 2007 03:57 PM by Paula Sue ]
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Posted: 07 July 2008 08:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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"Podunk Center” implied a poor town or section of town with an uneducated population.  AKA “hicksville”.
1950’s Philadelphia, PA area.

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