I am in a stage reading of a musical about the life of Helen Keller (note: it's not at all related to "The Miracle Worker"). In it I play Captain Keller. The playwright is still wrighting the play and is giving us pages as she goes. However I have a question about the language of the time, which Captain Keller would obviously still be using a few decades later.
The word "Lordy" I know is now quite common in southern speech (the playwright is southern). However would someone of Captain Keller's status use the term? The reason it stands out to me is I recall the scene in Gone with the Wind where Prissy yells "Lordy Miss Scarlet I don't know nuthin' about takin' care of a baby" and the other times when black characters use it in the movie. I watched the movie recently and I don't recall a white character using the word at all.
So my question is:
Was the word "Lordy" a southern black colloquial term at the time period of and immediately after the Civil War? And if it was, when did it become more mainstream in the language?
I've never actually heard the word. I've seen it written, but no one has ever said it in my presence. But then, I've not met many people who might be expected to use it. Still determined to find that book. I think it's in the living room.