Not Denise Austin, either. It's a peculiarly Southern word that means ticked off.
For example, "People get exercised when they feel someone is taking advantage of them." I just heard it on the radio and it occurred to me that it's probably one of those words that makes Northerners shake their heads.
Y'all are so cute when ya use them Southern words.
You are so right! I didn't even know that Southern word. If someone said that to me I'd think they were saying "Exorcised" and wonder if they were possessed! Great post Miss Sela.
I recognize it - and I'm even further North.
I just checked. That use is standard english.
My Merriam-Webster - to cause anxiety, alarm or indignation.
The only time I've ever heard that word spoken has been with a distinctly Southern accent, so I figured it was a Southern thing. Maybe it's an Old Guard word because it's also something very few young people say.
How funny. I can eve hear the drawl when I read the word. Maybe southerners just tend to use it more often...