Journey Proud

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12 comments on this post.
  1. John T. Wilcox:

    My mother (born 1897 in middle Georgia) used that expression, “journey proud,” in the sense Clay Witt asked about: “I hardly slept last night, I was so journey proud”–meaning nervous about the upcoming trip. But my wife, born near Atlanta and much interested in local language, had never heard the expression until she married me. There is a lady in my home town in south Georgia, born in 1909 and now 100 years old and still mentally sharp, who says she never heard the expression until I asked her about it today, 09/25/2009. PS: Is “Clay Witt” a pseudonymn? It’s a great name for a clever fellow from the country, especially if he is from a clayey part of the country, like south Georgia.

  2. clay witt:

    No, Mr. Wilcox, Clay Witt is my name, and my family is from Virginia and Kentucky.

  3. Mary:

    My mother said “journey proud” at any occasion of a tripShe also said “land o Goshen” and my yankee brother in law thought she was saying “atlantic ocean. She had many others as well. She was raised in N Florida by a mother from SC.

  4. Dale Williams:

    My 72-year-old cousin, from a small North Carolina town, used this phrase yesterday, which led me to this site.
    I’m 62 and from the same town but had never heard the phrase before. Thanks for the education!

  5. Janet Krohn:

    My mother, born and bred in MS, always used this expression when the family was headed on a road trip. I, too, use it to mean that I can’t sleep for being so excited over what the journey will bring.

  6. Peter Logan:

    My mother used “journey proud.” She grew up on a Kansas farm in the 20′s and 30′s. After introducing it, its become a favorite of some of my friends, here on Cape Cod.

  7. Peter Logan:

    My friend who loves to say, “journey proud,” coined a new phrase this morning. He said he couldn’t sleep last night because he was, “work proud.”

  8. William Taylor:

    I am from Eastern NC and I have heard the expression “journey proud” all of my life. However, the meaning of the phase in this locality usually referred to someone who comes back excited from a trip who can’t stop talking about it.

  9. Victoria Solt Dennis:

    My mother always confidently diagnosed any queasiness or ‘feeling funny’ on the eve of a trip as ‘journey pride’. She was born (in 1921) and bred in West Essex, on the outskirts of London, but her mother came from Somerset in the West Country. That may be significant, becaus the Oxford English Dictionary cites this from the London Times of 21 Dec 193: “‘Journey-pride’..will be familiar to your west-country readers”.

  10. Steve:

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh references this phrase in her book “Listen, The Wind”. She attributes this to her New England ancestors.

  11. Jean:

    My grandmother used the term “journey proud” to describe the inability to sleep the night before a trip (or journey). She grew up in Western NY, but spent her married life in FL.

  12. angela box:

    The sweet black man who worked for my grandfather near Pine Bluff, Arkansas used the term during my childhood in the 1950s.

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