Gist vs. jist

  • gist is the main part of something, usually used with a direct object. It can also be the ground for legal action. Gist comes from the French word gist. Often misspelled as jist


    Jist is the common phonetic spelling of a United States Southerner’s way of saying ‘just’. 


    Interestingly, the origin of gist is the Latin word jacēre.


    1. Dave Thompson RN says

      People not from the Southern US do not need to speak about us as they have no clue. For that matter, many southerners do not know of or understand the layered and complicated society (societies) we have. Hardly any southerner I know pronounces just as “jist.” It is more commonly pronounced “juss”, second after that would be “jess.” Jist? No. Juss no.

      • Neither of which are correct.

        • Dave Thompson RN says

          We are talking about how it can heard to be pronounced, not what is correct.

        • Daniel Cardin says

          No such thing as correct or incorrect when it comes to pronunciation. Spelling and grammar can be incorrect, but you can’t say my accent is incorrect.

          • Sarah-Erin Keaveney says

            Well actually you can say that your accent is incorrect but not so much as your accent, more as your pronunciation which is often associated with your accent. When a word is written you can mispronounce it e.g just- just or you can speak it without clear diction for example just-juss so that wouldn’t be due to your accent it would be due to poor diction/ laziness of correct speech. So you can say that both your accent and your pronounciation are incorrect if the two in some cases go hand in hand

      • “Juss no”. Ha ha you’re awesome.

    2. Ace Simpkins says

      Did you seriously use Mark Twain as a source for your supposedly “accurate” and “up to date” assertions about southern culture and language use? Wow, how can you even claim in clear concience that you are any type of an authority on the English language? Don’t generalize about an entire region of people, especially when you don’t know what the hell you’re even talking about.

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