My Favorite Southern Expressions
Straight From the Southern Belle's Repetoir
- Eat up with the dumb-ass
- Balls to the walls
- People would look at my feet all the time...to see if I was barefoot.
- Older than dirt
- gimme some sugar
- You goin Jukin tonight?
- He sure is puny
- She treats me like the red headed stepchild
- Take your head out of your ass
- Yont to (you want to)
- butter my butt and call me a biscuit
- I'll be there, if the Lord's willin and the creek don't rise
- full as a tick
- No one wants to be the turd in the punchbowl
- That one's as mean as a yard dog
- Flat as a flitter
- Hell's bells
- Lower than a snake's belly
- She looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet
- Right as rain
- yont to (you want to)
- Slicker than snot
- I'm Hongray (I'm hungry)
- tow up from the flow up (tore up from the floor up)
Wanted: Translator Fluent in Mississippi
When I first arrived in Mississippi I had a difficult time with the dialect, while the natives had difficulty with my dialect (Canadian English). I know I spoke rather quickly, and us Canadians shorten up the O sound, while Mississippians elongate the O sound. It took me a while to learn to slow my speech so people could understand me, or at least follow what I was trying to say.
When my then boyfriend (now my wonderful husband) came to visit me (he was still living in Canada) I actually had to interpret for him. Our first trip to McDonald's was hilarious the poor man had no idea what the cashier was saying to him. Now he has a thicker southern accent than I do. You tend to pick up the habit of speaking in the regional dialect when you have been in Mississippi a while. I suppose out of survival. You don't want to sound too much like a "Yank". However, you can't fool a Mississippian, no matter how much of an accent you put on.
I am still struck with awe when I hear a "gracious southern belle" drawl a greeting. Being a big fan of the movie "Gone with the Wind" long before I ever moved to Mississippi, I never tire of hearing someone who has that old fashioned southern accent.
Being in the healthcare field I work mostly with women. A lot of my patient's are elderly females. There are several different dialects I have noticed. I also have noted that certain people from certain towns have different dialects. Some are very proper, and some just down right "country". The country dialect is the one I get the most amusement from. Remember the show "Hee Haw" and the character "Minnie Pearl". There is not a day goes by that I don't meet up with a "Minnie Pearl" type character. There is no shortage of humorous anecdotes on any given day at work.
I live in a suburb of Jackson, Mississippi. It's quiet, and my neighbors are wonderful. Everyone you meet on the street always speaks or waves. The Hospitality is second to none in my opinion. No hustle and bustle just the slow deliberate southern way.
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