Hope (Help)

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  1. Glen and Kathey:

    Thank you for this information. My wife (Kathey) and I were discussing the “Hope” you with the table. And “Hope” I hope you are happy. —- This form of usage of this English USA used word. We heard it here in the south from the elders all the time. Thank you for this nice piece of information. I you need anything “Holler” we just live up the “Holler” and like to “Hope” people out .. Nice page Andm. — We have to stick together , I have many pages as well. Thank you –Glen Reynolds

  2. Debbie Pike:

    I was searching this very word “hope” for help. My father and his mother used these words like the person above said his grandmother did…and guess what, we live in East Texas too!! My grandmothers g grandfather came from Ireland, to England, to America, early to mid 1800’s and my father still says other weird words like “plummer” for “plummer”. “Harse” for horse. I have been trying to figure out why myself and you have helped a lot.

  3. Debbie Pike:

    Made a mistake toward the bottom. He uses the word plummber for plumber.

  4. James Garner:

    I grew up in rural eastern NC and to this day my relatives in their 80’s and older use hope instead of helped as in ‘I hope my neighbor pick beans yesterday”.

  5. Elisha Powell:

    My Grandfather used hope to mean help. For example he would say “let hope you” meaning let me help you.

  6. Debra Pike:

    One set of my grandparents, my father all used this word hope for help. Their ancestry shows as Ireland to England to America. So I see I am not alone in wondering where it came from.

  7. Ron Tucker:

    My grandfather often said ‘Cain’t be hoped’ meaning that a situation was beyond ‘helping’ rather than beyond ‘hope’.

  8. Lexa Jones:

    I grew up in South Carolina. My grandfather would always say, “Come and hope me in the garden.” I thought this must be a part of his dialect he picked up along the way.!Rhanks for the post. I was searching for this topic.

  9. Peg miniard:

    Isn’t this Elizabethan English? I’m from Appalachia and my grandmother used this term a lot. As well as calling her household goods her house plunder.

  10. Diane moore:

    Grandmother would say, I hoped him. Or went to hope. Come hope up me. Jesus come up me. In that type of sentence she loved mostly on Warren, Ar. Ruby Hassie Reddin. She married Smith. She was born 1919. So glad I found this. My dna is 96% Europen. My great grandmother was from old Prussia. I grew up in Northwest Ar.

  11. Ruby Huddleston:

    My father used the word hope for help. We live in middle Tennessee.

  12. Ronald Hughes:

    I miss hearing these words in phrases from my culture in South Carolina, “it hope my cold”, “it was a stobbing pain”, “I do declare”, “great crown in glory”, “I have aplenty, thank you”, and I miss the voices that spoke them.

  13. Pat McCutchen:

    I grew up in rural west Kentucky. Many of our older neighbors in our small farming community used “hope” for help. I often wondered where that came from. I still use a lot of those old sayings and some of those words even today. My college students always find it a source of entertainment when I do, especially those coming to us from urban areas and northern states. It is my way to preserve a bit of our culture.Thank you for this tidbit of information. Some of this language has been preserved in the rural parts of this area and I am thankful. Thank you again!

  14. Anonymous:

    My Grandmother Eunice Payne used “hope” for help, too, I thought bless her little heart, but then when I was in an English Literature class in college, I found out that “hope” is the Celtic word for “help”. My grandfather is a direct descendant of Irish immigrants. They originally settled in SC, but then moved to Alabama after the Civil War, so all of this makes sense. Thanks!

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