Shedded: Urban Versus Rural Meaning


A photo of Nancy KraayenhofWe went to watch our son, Blake, perform in a Fraternity/Sorority dance competition awhile ago at the university he attends. His group was amazing and, deservedly, took first place. We are so proud of all our children and we make no bones about telling them so … don’t get me started.

While on campus, I went to use the restroom and was amused to listen to some alumni reminisce about their days in these halls. It was the kind of conversation that is privileged for the ladies room, and you can bet your bottom dollar that their children were nowhere around. Their laughter packed memories thickly filled the air but were quickly pushed aside when some giggling students flittered in.

I overheard one of the co-eds tell another that she had gotten totally “shedded” the night before and was still feeling the effects.

The gears in my mind instantly started to turn. Hmmm. Shedded? From the context that she used the word I assumed (and hoped) that it meant drunk, but I would have to do some research.

Back home I consulted some younger friends, and they were not familiar with the term either so I went to the seldom failing Internet. After doing a quick search, I determined that I was right with the drunk guess.

Shedded means intoxicated in “Modern Urban,” which is now considered its own language. Don’t ask me why because I haven’t a clue and who decides these things anyway? Beats me.

Nebraska Dave
6/10/2010 1:21:48 PM

Nancy, I expect every generation has there code words to separate them from their parent’s generation. I too have a love for words. I, at times, make up words or morph them together in a strange way just for fun conversation. I grew up on the farm and never heard the term shedded but if it was used in a sentence which involved machinery, it would be understood that the equipment was kept inside out of the weather. I’ve learned that certain parts of the country have different dialect meanings or pronunciations for words. Certain phrases are common in one area of the US and not in others. I think it’s a fascinating thing to see how language changes in different parts of the country and in different cultures. Thank you for sharing your unique experiences in the nuances of language.

S.M.R. Saia
6/10/2010 6:27:02 AM

Wow, how interesting. I had never really heard the term "shedded" used in either way. I had to laugh when you said that you don't always feel shedded in the well-cared-for sense. Sometimes I feel that way too. Maybe becuase it's hard to be in a shed when we're so busy BEING sheds for someone else - kids, etc. Thanks for this really nice and thoughtful post!

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