April 28, 2012

Hey Y'all How About Some Southernisms?


If you are a regular reader, you know that my bff was in town a few weeks ago and we hail from Dixie.  It took all of 2.9 seconds for me to drop the "Minnesotan accent" {you betcha} and get my southern drawl on.  Oh I miss it.  The Deli guy even asked if we were sisters.  I wanted to ask who he thought was older, but the only acceptable answer would've been that we were twins.  He didn't seem to be the brightest crayon in the box, so I let that one be.  I pinky swore over Mango margaritas that I would write this post on Southernisms, because they are funny, and I miss them.  My list is so long I can barely include them all, and I've already done, "Bless your heart", but I shall do my best.  I lumped some together to keep this puppy short.

You best get over here or I will tan your hide.

Whenever a southern parent yells at their kid it sounds like torture or child abuse will ensue,  but naturally we are using scare tactics, like tanning leather.  What kid won't respond to that?  Ouch!    And see how flawlessly better is replaced with best?  Not sure why, but I don't question authority from the south, next thing you know I will be picking a switch out from the yard.  Yes, a switch or branch to whip or whoop you with.  I've never been hit with a switch, and not sure I know of anyone that has, but I can tell you almost all of my friends from the South have been threatened.  Okay, we'll move on from the abuse portion.

Q: Did you make dinner?
A: No, I was fixin' to.
Q: All right, I reckon I'll be in the garage till it's ready.

Loosely translated, I was just about to start making dinner, so the other half pondered briefly what he might do with his time and decided on puttering in the garage.  That wasn't so hard!

I could sop you up with a biscuit.

No, really.  Biscuits are a staple in the south, usually a good amount of said biscuit is saved for the end of the meal and used to squeegee the gravy up from your plate.  Or, it usually means you're a cutie pie and they just want to take in every little piece of your stinking cuteness.  If you've never had biscuits and gravy, come over and I'll fix some for you, deliciousness.

I have saved the best for last, this is no joke, I heard it all the time:

I'm sweatin' like a whore in church. 

This is funniest when you hear librarian-types and grannies say it.  Can mean one of two things: either you're burnin' up, or hot; or you're nervous about something.  I strongly urge you to add that into your vocabulary, it's a great ice breaker too.

I left many a wonderful Southernism out of this post, but I adore them.  And there is a flow to the Southern drawl that makes even screaming at your children sound sweet.  

Thanks to Ali, my co-author on this post.  A-Z Challenge.  

Did I mention Monday is the last day of the challenge?  "Z" baby!  

40 comments:

  1. So Cute! I hear them a lot around these parts. People often ask why I don't have a northern accent. too funny!

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    1. Well thank goodness you don't! I do and it's horrendous!

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  2. Ahahaha! So, have you heard of LaTrice Royale? "Jesus is a biscuit! And he will sop you up!"

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    1. Have now! I totally would've mentioned that had I known. My address being 101 Under a Rock, Somewhere.

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  3. My grandfather used to make us go out and pick our switches. He never used them though, but the point was made.

    In NC, my friend's parents' used to use the term do-lally for most anything. "I'm fixin' to go to the do-lally, need anything?"

    Love it.

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    1. I've heard "do-lally" before, not for a long time. And yes, most kids have had to pick out a switch. Once I had to sit in the floor in my room with it and stare at it...that was the extent of the switchery in my home. Maybe that's why I don't like Weeping Willows, scarred?

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  4. I use most of these already but just decided that "I could sop you up like a biscuit" is my new pickup line. I'll let you know how that works out for me.

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    1. Yeah, I'd be totally interested to hear how that goes for you. Although you could say anything and it would sound cute. #fact.

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  5. I might could think of a couple-few more, just give me a hot minute...

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    1. Oh well done! Southern grammatical perfection.

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  6. hi! I'm visiting from a-z challenge. I love your blog.

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    1. Thanks, I will swing by and check your out.

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    1. I know! Precisely the reason I chose it, it's working I think. And thank you.

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  8. Since I can totally relate to being "hot" ALL.THE.TIME of course for me that translates to hot flashes...I can't wait to use your last saying.

    Of course living in Canada it will come out as "I'm sweatin' like a whore in church EH?"

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    1. Bwahahaha! Well it doesn't sound much better in Minnesota, but I still use it. Usually people just ask me to stop talking. Try it, breaks up the monotony of the day.

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  9. Hilarious, I say ALL of these! I can't talk to my Aunt or Grandma on the phone because I will be stuck in twang-ville for the next week. I actually took a speech class when I moved to Michigan because guess who couldn't get hired Ya'll. :-) Apparently if you speak a touch slower and have a southern accent it equates to you not being very smart. So I beat the accent out of me. I tell you what though, let me have a bit too much to drink, or be angry as all get out, that accent comes back with a vengeance! I love that you are from the south girl, no wonder we get along so well.

    Oh the dreaded "Switch", I really think having to go pick it out yourself made it worse, lol. Thanks for this, takes me back!!

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    1. That is a true fact, Southerns do have to live with the Stigma of not being as smart. Luckily my parents were born and raised in the North, so it never got too bad for me. But talking like a backwoods hillbilly was never acceptable in our school anyhow. But true, if I'm on the phone with a friend from the South, I click right back into it.

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  10. I say most of those....however the biscuit one is different..... Well aren't you just a dumplin'! I could just sugar you all up!

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    1. The sugar you up reminds me of another which I say so often I wonder if it is a southernism: Let me love on you a little bit. I say that all the time to my kids.

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  11. Yep, that's me. Bless yer heart, you caught the good ones. You wanna nice glass of sweet tea and we can sit on the porch and chat for a spell?

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    1. Heehee, love it! And only if you have a porch swing. I'm a tad bit addicted to porch swings. Love. Them.

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  12. LOLZ, when I lived in San Antonio, I picked up a Spanish accent, not a Southern one. How funny! But I did get to hear lots of these phrases from the white folks down that ways. You're right --- they sound so sweet! :)

    Andi-Roo /// @theworld4realz
    http://www.theworld4realz.com/
    theworldforrealz@gmail.com

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  13. Being a Mississippian, I heard a lot of these while growing up. Now that I'm in the corporate world, when I hear one of these phrases, I can't help but crack up. I have a co-worker who is more country than a dirt road. The other day she was surprised to find out something new and exclaimed, "well, cut my legs off and call me Shorty!"

    We laughed for 20 minutes after that.

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  14. Now I shall laugh for 20 minutes, hahahaha! It's magical really. And you are so right, nobody will take you seriously if you dare say these at an inappropriate time.

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