Thursday, October 13, 2016

Phrases Only Southerners Use

If you are from the south , you know that sometimes there's just no other way to get your point across . Someone once said  that when you  visit the South , you need a translator , it's true , we do have a mouth full of saying  that only Southerners understand . However, if you arr from the South , you know that sometimes there's just no other way to get your point across . if you are trying to be nice , but you just can't quite let it go , "bless your heart" is a go to . When you met the girl of your dreams  , chances are "she's is pretty as a peach." If you just heard  your mama come home  and you haven't finished your chores  , she will definitely be madder than a wet hen." Take a look at some of our favorite  Southern saying that we just couldn't live without .
Bless Your Heart
It can be deployed sincerely , but if you're hearing "bless your heart" in the South it probably has an edge to it . It's almost always accompanied by a good-nature perhaps slightly exasperate shake of the head . Don't worry though , everyone hears this every now and then .
Fixin' Too
I'm fixin' to tell you that this phrase is as Southern as sweet tea . When you are fixin' too do something , it's going to happen , but  you may also decide  to take your own sweet time .
It Doesn't Amount to a Hill of Beans
In the south , a hill of beans  is it's own measuring  stick. Whether you're talking about volume or value , a hill of beans isn't worth much . That means whatever you're talking about is worth less than very little .
It's Blowing Up a Storm
If you ever been caught in a summer storm , you know that you can feel , smell and see a storm blowing up across the wide Southern skies . These skies can darken at a moment's notice , and summer afternoons you often see wind churning and heavy rain clouds blowing in to cool that Southern summer heat .
More Than Carter's Little Pills 
This one originates from the 19th century , when Carter  products  marketed "Little Liver Pills" across the country . Apparently carter had a great many pills , because the phrase found it's way  into the Southern vocabulary .You may still hear it if you stop into a country store .
Over Yonder
When you are in the South , "over yonder " is a distant direction ---- any direction this phrase may accompanied  by a gesture  indicating North , South , East or Erst. Over Yonder  past cotton fields , over yonder toward the water tower . This phrase can be intensified by the addition of the word "WAY" as in "way over yonder.
She Was Madder Than a Wet Hen
have you ever seen a wet hen ? If so , you know madder madder than a wet hen is very mad indeed.
Til The Cows Come Home
Settle in , because whatever we're talking about  is going to take all day ,, cows aren't known for their speed  and they are usually out and about wandering until feeding time . Farmers know that if you do nothing til the cows come home , it's going to take all day .
If I had My Druthers
"Druthers" roughly translates to  "I would rather" meaning : "if  I had things my way ----the phrase is celebrated  in song in the hilarious Southern inspired Broadway musical Li'l Abner , in which the main character sings "if I had my druthers," I druther have my druthers than anything else I know. "And really wouldn't we all druther heve our druthers."
I Reckon
"I reckon" can replace any number of Phrases , such as : I guess , I suppose , I think , and I imagine . It is a quintessential Southern phrase , said by friends and family on porches  and rocking chairs  all across the  South.
She's as Pretty As a Peach
This is a high compliment in the South , since Southern states are known for their peaches . In fact , Georgia and South Carolina produces more peaches than any other state in the South . And of course , there's nothing prettier than a warm summer day picking peaches in the sunshine.
Full  As A Tick
If you just had  a big Southern lunch complete with cornbread , collards greens and pecan pie , you're definitely full as a tick . It's a vivid phrase , and it's an accurate one too.
If the Creek Don't Rise 
Translated , this means : "We'll be there unless something out of control stops us." Unlike the United Postal Service , whose motto claims "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night " will stop them from keep them from their routes , sometime a Southern visit is thwarted by a rising creek or other unexpected bump in the road .
Worn Slap  Out
When you're exhausted in an I'm-so-beat-I-can't-go-on kind of way , you are definitely worn slap out . It is a physical and mental state a few degrees past weary and just this side of dog-tired . It happens often during a Southern summer , when the heat rises  and the temperatures shoot past 100.
He was Funny As All Get Out
"All get out" finds it's way into Southern phrases constantly , and it intensifies any statement. I was surprise as all get out . It was bad  as all get out . Anything to the degree of "all get out" is something to talk about.
No Bigger than A Minnow In A fishing Pond 
When you arrive on the banks of a fishing pond on Saturday morning , you're hoping for a good catch --- enough big catfish and breams to fry up for the family on Saturday night . If you find only minnows  ,though , they look even smaller compared to the heavy catch you hope for . No bigger than a minnow in a fishing pond  is as small as can be .
Heavens to Betsy
An exclamation .... of surprise , happiness , really any emotion ... that is appropriate in nearly every Southern scenario.
Hush Your Mouth
Grandma might whisper this one over her hymnal if she sees you cutting up in church on Sunday morning . We admit that we've heard this Southernism more than once .
Two Big for His britches 
Unarguable Southern criticisms . Translated , it means : He sure does think a lot of himself . "If you hear  this one , you should probably pause a moment , Southerners tell it like it is ... no matter what it is .... so think of this as a learning moment .
She's Got Gumption
Gumption is spirit , courage , spunk , boldness and initiative . If someone tells you got got gumption , you should thank them  and then walk away a little taller , because  you've received a lovely Southern compliment . Southerners adopted this phrase wholeheartedly from its early usages in the 1700's English and Scotland (where it meant " common ones") In the 1900's the  word evolve taking on a Southern spin  as well as a new meaning such as "courage " and "get up - and go".

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