aspiecat
Expert November 2013

NWR - Southern Sayings

aspiecat, on July 22, 2013 at 3:37 PM Posted in Community Conversations 0 88
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I will be living in KY in less than two months and I already know there are plenty of sayings that are weird and wonderful in that area's culture. "Mad as a wet hen" is one I adore.

What are others I should watch out for that are either your favourites, or might be deceiving in their interpretation?

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  • Tuesday
    Dedicated July 2013
    Tuesday ·
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    My fav here is bless her heart.... Meaning she's dumber than a brick

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  • F
    Super March 2014
    FordGrl ·
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    Yep, I was going to say bless her heart too. It definitely means dumber than a box of rocks. LOL

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  • Catrapoin
    Expert November 2014
    Catrapoin ·
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    He looks more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin' chairs Smiley smile

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  • Catrapoin
    Expert November 2014
    Catrapoin ·
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    If you want something to happen, but it's not certain: Good Lord willin' and the creek don't rise..

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  • Maggie N
    Master August 2013
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    FH likes to use the phrase "as the crow flies" to describe a distance. Example: "from here to the grocery store it's only about a mile as the crow flies!" meaning if you cut straight across between the two points, instead of taking roads etc Smiley smile

    Obviously a lot of these are super old fashioned and not applicable anymore. But two things you should know as a southerner- Y'all & Coke. Y'all means you all, as in more than one person. Coke mean coca cola, diet coke, pepsi, sprite, dr pepper, everything.... what the rest of the world calls soda, we call Coke.

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  • Shannon
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    I still can't get used to people calling me honey or sweetie. I'm starting to become more accepting to ma'am. Up north that's only for old people haha.

    FH likes "Some people like their cucumbers better pickled" (guess it means to each their own)

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  • Catrapoin
    Expert November 2014
    Catrapoin ·
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    And contrary to what Yankees think, y'all is not used for just ONE person.

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  • Kyersten
    Super May 2014
    Kyersten ·
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    I love "let me carry you to the store" (meaning giving someone a ride in your car lol)

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  • Jules
    Master January 2014
    Jules ·
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    Amy - my Yankee ass has never heard it called Bags before. It's corn hole here too so I don't think that's necessarily a southern thing haha!

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  • aspiecat
    Expert November 2013
    aspiecat ·
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    Hahaha

    Thank you and keep em coming!

    Y'all is something I will definitely have to get used to hearing and saying LOL

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  • Shannon
    Master August 2013
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    @Catrapoin- No northern calls them-self a Yankee, so that is also a southern thing. That surprised me the first time I was called to as one. And we know that Y'all is for more than one person. (sorry I'm a northern girl who's been living in the south for 3.5 years now)

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  • Jules
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    Actually I'm a Yankee that just called herself a Yankee, but I just did that to make a point. I don't do that on a regular basis haha!

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  • Valerie
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    Valerie ·
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    Canadian here : What the heck is bags and/or corn hole?

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  • Jules
    Master January 2014
    Jules ·
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    Valerie - it's a game where you thrown bean bags into a hole in a board. Same idea as horseshoes, just with bean bags.


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  • Shannon
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    Haha @Amy- I've never heard it called bags either.

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  • Catrapoin
    Expert November 2014
    Catrapoin ·
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    @Shannon, when I went up to New York, they thought it was hilarious to keep saying "y'all".. to just me. I was like, I am one person. It's a stereotype, some Yankees think that we say it all the time, no matter what. And yes, I doubt Yankees would call themselves that, unless they're a fan of the baseball team Smiley smile

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  • Trisha
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    Nope.. definitely corn hole here in Boston too

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  • aspiecat
    Expert November 2013
    aspiecat ·
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    Okay, divergent thread seems to be starting here LOL

    More sayings, please!

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  • May
    VIP October 2013
    May ·
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    My fav's "I don't like the cut of your jib" but that's not Southern.

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  • Valerie
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    Valerie ·
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    We call it the bean bag game, lol.

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