- I would say gallnippers, them gallnippers bite too hard
I sat back in my kitchen, and just sprayed it up in my back yard.-Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Mosquito Moan," 1929
A gallnipper is a Southern term for a large variety of mosquito. (p 98)
- Pour me out some white mule, pour me out some sandy rye
I don't want no bug juice, that ol' stuff is too darn high.
-Barbeque Bob, "Blind Pig Blues," 1928
White mule is a 1920s term for bootleg whiskey, corn liquor (also called "mule"), or any other colorless whiskey, the comparison to a mule stemming from its kick. (p 266)
- Way down South you oughta see the women Shimmy and shake
Got a new way a-wiggle, make a weak man break his neck.
-Blind Lemon Jefferson, "Southern Woman Blues," 1928
To break one's neck means to marry in Southern slang. (p 36)
Calt, Stephen. Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois, 2009.