Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Southern-isms

There are moments, from time to time, when every Southerner is faced with the realization that the person you're talking to has no idea what you just said. The word you have used is a stranger to the person standing across from you. I've thought about these words, how ridiculously funny they are in and of themselves, and how funny it is that we have created or adapted these words to our own meaning. And, I've finally decided to post some of my favorites to celebrate with my fellow readers from the South and to entertain those readers who are, dare I say it, above the Mason-Dixon. What can I say, it's a slow news day around here. So, here it goes:
  1. Y'all - an obvious one. Such a clutch word. End of discussion.
  2. Fixin' to - another obvious one. This saying is equivalent to "about to."
  3. Up under = under
  4. Awallago = a while a go
  5. Diddy = Daddy
  6. Country mile = a long way
  7. Yonder = certain direction that's within sight
  8. Buggy - not the horse and carriage type, but a grocery cart
  9. Coke = Coca Cola, Pepsi, or any other brown-colored soft drink
  10. War between the states = Civil War
  11. Mash a button = press a button
  12. Tump over = fall over or to tip over
  13. Ah-ite = alright
  14. Holler, as in give me a holler, I'll holler at you, stop hollering = give me a call, I'll call/contact you, stop yelling
Those are all I can remember off the top of my head. I know I'm forgetting so many........

2 comments:

Polish and Pearls said...

I use "reckon" a lot, as in "you reckon we oughtta go ahead and go?"

Lacey said...

All good ones!