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Looking for the origin of a Southern US phrase...."took short"

Posted by Mollena (Mo) Williams on February 07, 2003


I am doing dramaturgy work on an Edward Bond play entitled "A-A-America". One of the lines in the play reads as follows:


STAGEHAND 1: My kids told the wife she took t’ goin down the river. Make out she’s took short. Hitch up her skirt an squat. The long yeller grass tickle her tail. Regular habit.


We are musing over that "took short" might mean in this context: any insight you can provide would be most appreciated!