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Now I know the very first thing that pops into your head is “Cuter than a speckled pup sitting in a red wagon!” I’m going to tell you straight up… not only have I never heard a true southerner say this in my entire life, but I find it insulting every time I hear it from some outsider trying to be funny. You’re not funny, not even a little, there I said it! (I knew this one girl that would always say something about squirrels when she saw me, she thought she was being obnoxiously clever. If you ask me, I think she had a few squirrels running loose in her hayloft!) Now I will admit that our speech is different in a colorful kinda way, but I like it, it has character. There’s absolutely no mistaking one of us when you run across us, that southern drawl is unique! Now here are some of the things that we really do say…

  1. “Bless your heart” Probably one of the most famous that we have. It’s used to show both sympathy and exasperation, depending upon the recipient.
  2. “Fixin’ to” This means I’m about to, sometimes with an added, just give me a darn minute! Which brings us to…
  3. “Hold your horses” The previously mentioned, wait a minute.
  4. “I reckon” This means I think or I guess. “I reckon so” means I suppose I agree. This application is often used by husbands to avoid a fight.
  5. “Worn slap out” Means tired to the bone, completely weary or when applied to an inanimate object, can mean used beyond repair. “After shelling all them beans, I’m worn slap out!”
  6. “I’ll jerk a knot in your tail” Often used by mothers toward their offspring. 😮 If you heard this, buddy you were in trouble.
  7. “Colder than a well diggers butt” That’s pretty dang cold! Or another one meaning the same thing…
  8. “It’s colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra”
  9. “My dogs are hollering” Which means your feet hurt!
  10. “Well I swanee” Meaning “well I’ll be” or “I’ll be darned”. (I don’t know how it originated.) 🤔
  11. “If you can’t run with the big dogs, you best stay on the porch” I love this one! I’ve used it more than a few times when I was younger and feeling cocky. I think you get the meaning.
  12. “Over yonder” Now that could be 10 feet or 10 miles! Yonder is anywhere that isn’t right where you are. You can add way, as in “Way over yonder” and that’s a further piece away than just yonder!

A few choice words and phrases are as follows:

  • Y’all
  • All y’all
  • Cattywampus
  • Hankering
  • Piddling
  • Whup
  • I’ll cut your tail.
  • Bless your pea-picking heart.
  • I wouldn’t p*ss on him if he was on fire.
  • Sticks in your throat like a hair in a biscuit.
  • You’re so full of sh*t your eyes are brown.
  • As nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers.
  • Too big for your britches.
  • Full as a tick.
  • I’ll snatch you bald.

So I hope you guys had as much fun reading these as I did jotting them down! Catch ya’ll later! 😃

Lacey ☮

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