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antigodlin adj, adv  Also annigodlin, antegoddlin’, antigadlin [Var of antigoglin, perh infl by folk-etym: see sense 1 quot 1944] chiefly Sth, S Midl, Westsomewhat old-fash For varr see DS KK70, MM13, 14, 15 See also antigod(d)le, antisigodlin
1 Of an object: lopsided, askew, aslant, out of line.1917 DN 4.417 wNC, Antigodlin’, antigadlin’. 1944 PADS 2.17 sAppalachians, Antigodlin, antigoglin, antisigodlin [ˈæntɪˌgɑdlɪn, -gɑg- , -saɪ-]. . . Out of plumb or square, slanting.  Ibid 53 MO, Anti-godlin. . . Not parallel to something having well-established lines. My grandfather explained the term by saying it referred to the idea of the “four corners of the earth” as created by God; hence anyone who laid the foundation of a new building should make it “square with the world”; otherwise it would be anti-godlin—against the wish or example of God. 1949 PADS 11.17 CO. 1950 PADS 14.12 SC, Antigodlin. . . Awry, askew, irregular. “Your skirt is all antigodlin” (hangs unevenly). Variants are Sarahgodlin, Sallygodlin, etc. 1952 Brown NC Folkl. 1.515 wNC, Antigodlin. . . Leaning, not parallel.  1965–70 DARE (Qu. KK70, . . Out of proper shape: “That house is all _____.”) Infs MT5, SC31, 34, 39, Antigodlin; (Qu. MM13, The table was nice and straight until he came along and knocked it _____.) 9 Infs, Sth, S Midl, West, Antigodlin; GA84, LA28, OK1, TX4, Annigodlin; (Qu. MM15, . . At an angle: “He nailed the board on _____.”) Infs GA72, TX36, VA5, Antigodlin.  1967 DARE File cwAL, Antigodlin—out-of-plumb, skeewhoned, cut on the bias, whampus-jawed.
2 Cater-cornered, diagonal(ly), at an angle. See also anti-walkus1905 DN 3.69 nwAR, Antigodlin, antigoglin . . Diagonally. ‘We’ll have to go across antigodlin.’ Common. 1940 Sun (Baltimore MD) 21 Sept 10/7 (Hench Coll.), I have heard a farmer complain of a plow hand who got drunk, “Why, he couldn’t plow a straight furrow; he went antegoddlin’ across the field!” The word is not quite synonymous with cater-cornered, nor is diagonal an exact equivalent; it means, rather, off the true line that should be followed. 1958 McCulloch Woods Words 3 Pacific NW, Antigodlin’—Same as catty-corner; also used to mean any wandering from a straight path.  1962 Atwood Vocab. TX 94, Many other words of unknown distribution in the Eastern States are common in all or most of Texas; . . many of them are missing from southern Louisiana. Some of these are . . antigodlin.Ibid 116, Probably the main reason for the decline [among younger speakers] of . . antigodlin . . is that they are not sanctioned by dictionaries.  1965–70 DARE (Qu. MM14, . . “The drugstore is _____the gas station.”) Infs AR31, CA208, IL96, NC33, OK51, TX18, Antigodlin; LA28, MS20, Antigodlin across from; OK6, Antigodlin across; OK1, Annigodlin. 1968 Adams Western Words, Anti-godlin The cowboy’s description of diagonal or roundabout movement.  1970 Tarpley Blinky 272 neTX, To go from one corner of a field to another is to walk . . anti-godlin [by 19.5% of infs].  Ibid 273, The response heard most frequently among the least educated and the older informants outside the city is anti-godlin.
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