Pluff Mud?

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, "Pluff mud is gooey mud found in marshy areas of the Lowcountry. It contains lots of organic matter and produces its own distinctive aroma. If you step in it up to your knees and pull out your foot, chances are the resulting sound will be similar to "pluff"."

     - from "Ask Elsa"


  1. Hello, I'd like to comment on Elsa's definition. The proper spelling for pluff mud is "plough mud". The term comes from the 1700's. When settlers came here they discovered that the pluff mud was a good fertilizer for their fields, from which the term "plough mud" came from. In those times, plow was spelled "plough", which is the proper spelling of plough mud. Now this is where it gets a little fuzzy. At some time, the pronunciation of the name "plow" (or plough) became "pluff". The reasoning is because of other wording such as "rough", "tough", etc. There are still people who spell it this way such as Pat Conroy, the Lowcountry's famous author. And how do I know this about pluff mud? I own Pluff Mud Apparel and we make the Original Pluff Mud t-shirt. Our shirts are dyed in Pluff Mud. I frequent pluff mud sites from time to time, and I came across yours. Great site. Keep up the good work!

    1. Thank you Kelly. This is interesting and helpful to readers...