Date: Thu, 22 Sep 1994 13:00:32 EDT
From: Michael Montgomery N270053[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNIVSCVM.CSD.SCAROLINA.EDU
The term _nebby_ most likely represents another contribution of the
Ulster Scots (Scotch-Irish) to the Upper Ohio River Valley, where they
were the largest European group in the late 18th/early 19th century.
Many Ulster glossaries list the term. Michael Traynor in his _English
Dialect of Donegal_ does so perhaps most in detail; he offers three
senses, one adjectival, two nominal:
1. impertinent, ill-natured;
2. a tell-tale gossip;
3. a cheeky forward person.
Along with _redd up_, _you'uns_, _need_ + past part., and others, the
term _nebby_ can be traced back directly to Ulster and ultimately to
Michael Montgomery, Dept of English, U of South Carolina, Columbia SC 29208