.... so.... last night The Missus walks in from work and says to me, "... the strangest thing happened to me today..... an elderly woman strode in and said, 'Ma Husband had been galled'ed....... whut can you do to halp?'"

...... she looked at me, and I looked back at her quizzically.........

.... "Galleded", she says..... "what the fuck is that supposed to mean?"....

...... and I must admit, it took me a moment or two, but then I began......... "ummmmm..... it is an Old word...... it is only used by old country folk, and good god, it has been years since I have heard anyone say it....... but........ I'm pretty sure that it has something to do with a man's nutsack....".......

.... "what?!?".....

..... "yeah..... back when I played baseball and we all wore a jockstrap and cup, I remember hearing folks talk about their sons being galled'd....... it was something to do with irritation around the nether regions caused by being sweaty, being active, and being chaffed around the nutsack region due to wearing a cup..."........

.... "good god....... I had a woman come in today to tell me that her husband needed medication because he had been 'galleded' while working in the fields...... I had no idea what to say to her..... I'd never even heard of the word before.... I mean, gall?..... galled?....... and then galled'ed?...... what the hell?........

....... so, being just as curious (and confused) as she was, I wandered off to find my giant copy of the Oxford American English Dictionary...... and what I found shocked us both....... check this out, hammerheads........ the multiple definitions of the world "gall"......


"sore spot on a horse," O.E. gealla "painful swelling," from L. galla "gall, lump on plant," originally "oak apple," of uncertain origin. Perhaps from or influenced by gall (1) on notion of "poison-sore." The verb meaning "to make sore by chafing" is from mid-15c.; figurative sense of "harass, irritate" is from 1570s. Related: Galled ; galling .

.... or even better, from

gall definition Function: vt : to rub and wear away by friction : CHAFE loose saddle gall ed the horse's back>

...... the interesting thing is that this really IS an OLD word being used in modern times here in Appalachia........ our ancestors really were speakers of Old English, and Galled is just one of those words that has survived among the hillfolk here and died out in usage in England, Scotland, and Wales..........

.... that poor woman's husband had been working out in the heat and his nuts got galled'ed....... and that, is absolutely what happened to them...... and what is more?..... it is pretty close to being grammatically correct after 3-4 hundred years.........

....... fuck, that makes me proud to be from the East Tennessee hill country......... even if we DO spell things a bit differently than most folks..........

by Eric on July 29, 2010 | Bullshit (12) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Does that dictionary say how old "Youse" is? I wonder if "Youse could have been brought here by the Dutch in the 1600s, and it just survived all these years.

Bullshitted by Erica on July 30, 2010 12:14 AM

I do not believe the lovely Fiona used the vile "F" word while asking you about that term. You should be ashamed of yourself and demand you immediately print a retraction!!!!

Bullshitted by Sgt Holland on July 30, 2010 06:20 AM

You have a lot of gall to be speaking of such things as galled nuts!

Bullshitted by Lou on July 30, 2010 06:59 AM

I am not sure if I should be proud or embarrased, but I have used that term to describe a chaffed nutsack my whole life. It is common paralence around these parts as well. Some might claim rural Indiana is three or four hundred years behind anyway. We only adopted daylight savings time 5 years ago...and most of us think it was a dumb idea.

Bullshitted by hoosierboy on July 30, 2010 08:42 AM

Older folks in north eastern nc used gall'd for that as well... Mostly scots-Irish back home too.
Close kin to monkey-butt... A similar affliction produced by heat, sweat and grime. Learned about that racing motocross.
The red queen, for this Christmas past, gave me a container of "monkey-butt powder" (brand name) and I swear by it.

Bullshitted by K-nine on July 30, 2010 09:05 AM

uh...should the poor man add a cushion to his tractor seat?

Bullshitted by Jean on July 30, 2010 09:26 AM

Having grown up as a chubby little girl, I was quite familiar with the term, even here in central Illinois. I always thought it was some kind of bastardization of "scalded"...which is pretty much what it feels like.

Bullshitted by Pammy on July 30, 2010 11:06 AM

Very common in small town Ohio as well

Bullshitted by dick on July 30, 2010 12:48 PM

I'm with Fiona - I've never heard the word before. Then again I'm a suburban girl. While I would be willing to bet my mother (who grew up on a farm with 6 brothers hanging about the place) probably has heard it, it's not a word that passed my way. LOL. Good heavens!

Bullshitted by Teresa on July 30, 2010 01:27 PM

When the woman told Fiona that her husband had been galled'ed, she should have replied in her pure Angus accent:

"I've nae idea whit galled'ed is missus, but it sounds a bitty sair and mair than a wee bit minging".

Bullshitted by Mark on July 30, 2010 01:44 PM

I've heard of the term, but never experienced it personally (and don't want to). Can also happen if you walk around with wet jeans on. It's that evil wet/friction combo that does it.

Bullshitted by Jerry in Indiana on July 31, 2010 12:07 PM

Never heard it applied to humans before, but heard it plenty of times amongst the horse-show crowd in Southern New England as a callow wastrel.

Bullshitted by wil on August 1, 2010 03:47 AM