Posted by Bob on November 13, 2006
In Reply to: Re: In the holler posted by Smokey Stover on November 13, 2006
: : "Make yourself comfortable," he says at his farm in the holler.
: : What's "in the holler" supposed to mean here?
: A holler is a hollows. Here's what the OED says, s.v. hollow. "2. spec. A depression on the earth's surface; a place or tract below the general level or surrounded by heights; a valley, a basin."
: Hollows, especially when they are called hollers, are primarily found along the Appalachisn Mountain chain in the souther U.S.
Holler is a phonetic spelling of an Appalachian pronunciation of hollow. A village in West Virginia, for example, might identify itself as a holler, after the surrounding geography.