Posted by ESC on August 28, 2002
In Reply to: Outen the lights posted by Tam on August 27, 2002
: Where did this phrase originate???
Sounds like a mountain phrase to me. A couple of related phrases: "outen," a preposition as in "out of" and "outten, ou'n" an adjective as in "out of." From "Southern Mountain Speech" by Cratis D. Williams (Berea College Press, 1992)