Crick: Preferred pronunciation of "creek." Example: There's a little
 crick that winds through our place.
 Dinner: If you use this word to invite a rural South Dakotan to an
 evening meal, they'll show up six hours early. In rural South Dakota,
 "lunch" is "dinner" and "dinner" is "supper."
 Drouth (pronounced "drowth"): The word used by survivors of the Great
 Depression and some other old-timers to describe a period of prolonged
 dryness. Example: The drouth was so bad, we had grasshoppers the size of
gophers. Sadly,
 use of this word has nearly been replaced by the much less
 colorful-sounding "drought."
 Fer: Preferred pronunciation of "for." Example: What can I do ya fer?
 Head: An extra word that, for reasons not entirely known, is usually
 used when referencing a number of livestock. Example: We've got 20 head
 of cattle. This is perhaps a distinction between the number of hooves
 and heads in a herd. Yet no one ever says "we've got 80 hooves of
 cattle," so it would stand to reason that saying "20" would be
 sufficient. Still, "20 head" is the norm.
 Hills, The: Always and without fail, this is understood as a reference
 to the Black Hills. Example: We're going to The Hills for a weekend.
 Hot beef: Rather then merely describing the temperature of beef, the
 phrase "Hot Beef" is used to describe a particular dish consisting of
 roast-beef sandwiches smothered in gravy and accompanied by mashed
 potatoes. This dish is consumed most often for dinner (which means
 lunch) at small-town restaurants, and especially at cafes attached to
 livestock auction barns.
 Hunnert: In many areas west of The River (see entry below) and even in
 some areas near The River, this is the correct pronunciation of
 "hundred." Example: There's a hunnert head of cattle down by the crick.
 Kattywampus (also kattycorner or kittycorner): This word is often used
 when giving directions, to indicate that one thing is located in a
 diagonal direction from another thing. Example: Our house is just
 kattywampus from the grain elevator. It can also mean askew: I was
 trying to fix the tractor, and I got all kattywampus.
 Oil: A commonly used description of an asphalt road. Example: Just
 take the county oil for three miles and then turn west.
 Old girl: An adjective used to describe aged cows, mares, farm
 equipment, vehicles and women. Example: That old girl has pertinear had
 it. (Yes, "pertinear." See next entry.)
 Pertinear (pronounced "pert-ih-near"): A combination of pretty and
 near, used to indicate the close proximity of one thing to another or
 the near completion of a task. Question: Are we there yet? Answer:
 Pot: An acceptably shortened reference to a potbelly semitrailer, the
 lower deck of which hangs down like a potbelly. Example: I need a pot to
 haul these cattle.
 River, The: In most of South Dakota, references to "The River" are
 typically understood to mean the Missouri River. Question: Where are you
 gonna fish? Answer: The River.
 Salty: Often used as a begrudging compliment, in reference to an
 adversary's toughness. Example: That Mitchell basketball team is pretty
 Warsh: The preferred pronunciation of "wash" among many of the
 cowboys, farmers and rural-raised people of the state. Example: I need
 to warsh my truck before I go to town. The pronunciation is consistent
 in other word constructions, including references to the state of
 Washington. Example: I have to drive clear out to Warshington for a
 Whatnot: An acceptable and often-used substitute for etcetera.
 Question: What's in that drawer? Answer: Oh, you know, scissors, tape,
 the phone book, and whatnot.
 You guys: The South Dakota equivalent of the Southern "y'all" and the
 western Pennsylvanian "yuns," used in reference to a group of people.
 Example: What are you guys doin' today? (Note: The possessive form is
 "guyses." Example: Is that you guyses' truck?)