This article is one in a series about the phrase, “clean your backyard.”
It is a common phrase in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
There is no official definition, but it is widely believed to have been first recorded by a local farmer in Georgia in the 1930s.
The phrase was first popularized in the mid-1960s by a South Carolina couple who said they had been having trouble finding a place to live in their area.
After the couple heard the phrase in their neighborhood, they tried it out, and soon enough they started getting comments from neighbors about how nice the neighbors seemed.
“You have to be kidding me,” one woman said to another.
“They’re all the same, are they?”
Another said, “I just thought it would be nice to be able to pick out a spot for our home to be cleaned up.”
It didn’t take long for a group of people to start talking about how much they wanted to clean up their backyard.
They all ended up buying a trailer and set out to do it themselves.
One of the most common complaints they got from neighbors was that the neighbors would never be nice enough to let them clean up.
They were afraid the neighbors wouldn’t understand, or wouldn’t want to help them.
So they decided to build a giant backyard-cleaning system and then sell the system to neighbors.
Nowadays, the phrase is a phrase heard from a variety of places.
In Appalachia, the word has been used to describe a variety in-home activities, such as picking up garbage, clearing lawns, and so on.
In South Carolina, the term is used to mean cleaning the garden.
But the phrase was popularized during the 1970s and 1980s in South Carolina as a way to show people that they could actually do it, said Amy Williams, a social worker and community outreach worker in the area.
“People were really trying to get into the backyard and just having fun, and this was the first time it really caught on,” Williams said.
Williams said it took the community about 20 years to catch on to the phrase.
She said people have also said, “I can’t believe you’ve been doing this for 20 years.”
People are still trying to figure out what the word means, Williams said, adding that there is no definitive definition of the word.
I think the main thing is people are starting to really understand that this is something that’s important to them, Williams continued.
While the phrase may be used to show that a person is willing to help a neighbor clean up a house, it is not a negative expression, she said.
“There are a lot of other ways to show your support,” Williams added.
So if you or someone you know has been living in a home without a home, you should definitely think about this, Williams added, especially if you live in a city or town where there is a lot people living in one place.
We just want to be safe, Williams emphasized.
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