Search This Blog


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

In the boonies

Idiom: In the boonies
Meaning: very rural area; far away from large populations or urban areas

Context #1 – New Job, New Location
Kevin: I heard you got a new job and you have to move away.  Where are you going to live now Vee?
Vee: I got a great job as a Geologist in a university.  But it’s way out in the boonies.
Kevin: What do you mean?  How far in the boonies is it?
Sal: Let me put it to you this way, it takes about three hours to drive to a supermarket.

Context #2 – Survival trip
Bear: How was your trip?
Les: It was great.  It got a little scary because we were far in the boonies and we were afraid that if someone got hurt, there would be no help.
Bear: Wow! How far away in the boonies were you?
Les: Let’s just say the boonies are a couple of hours away, and we were in the boonies of the boonies.  So about a two day walk to the nearest road.

Meaning: The idiom “in the boonies” means a very rural location.  Usually, it means it’s difficult to reach, even by vehicles; it’s not necessarily a negative point, but it’s typically thought of as a negative thing.  In context #1, Vee got a new job he really likes, but the downside is that it’s very rural.  In context #2, Les was in one of the most remote locations possible.  When he says, “the boonies of the boonies” he’s trying to say they were in an extremely remote area.

No comments:

Post a Comment