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Funny Slang Sayings of the South

Updated on July 2, 2016
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Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.

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Hold your horses & don't get your panties in a wad over the first installment of funny slang sayings of the south! Get ready to be blasted right out of your chair with laughter as this baby boomer shares the proper way to talk. Feel free to leave your own comments!

The Proper Use of the Letter 'S'

Every retail store has an “S”.

“I gotta go to Walmarts and pick up some toilet paper….”

The clerk at the Dollar General says,

“We don’t take Master Cards…only Visa and Discoverys.”

Correct Pronunciation.

The word 'tired' becomes 'tarred'.

You gotta run down to the Walmarts and get some Hamburger Helper.

The weather gets cold and your neighbor says:

“Looks like it’s gonna turn off cold”.

You need to make a quick trip to town and you say:

“I’m goin’ up Huntsville for a minute….”

A skunk sprays your dog and you remark,

“We gotta’nother polecat!”

You forget to put gas in your car and you say,

“Dang, I forgot to stop at the fillin’ station!”

Using Proper Syllables

One syllable words become two:

There is “they-er”, toys becomes “to-eys.”

Two syllable words become one:

You all is “yall”, cannot becomes “caant.”

Yo, yall hirin?
Yo, yall hirin?

Business Ethics and Proper Word Usage

You walk in a business to apply for a job and you ask,

“Yall hirin’?”

The Southern version of pecan:

(pe-con) sounds northern.

And the Northern version of pecan (pee-can) sounds southern.

You’re asked if you’ve ever visited Dallas and you say,

“I done been there!”

You use cow udder cream (bag balm) for your chapped lips.

Your baby has a diaper rash and you go to Kmarts to buy

Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.

The meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas are all brown.


I hope you've enjoyed my "Best of Southern Epithets". Feel free to comment any way you like.


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    • frogyfish profile image


      6 years ago from Central United States of America

      Wonderful! And I mean fun too! Thanks for a good set of smiles.

    • Poohgranma profile image


      7 years ago from On the edge

      I was fixin ta tell yall good job but I have to carry my mamma over to Waxachie to the Pig to get sum vittles in the haus. (Piggly Wiggly)

      I lived in Waxachie, TX as a young Yankee and was almost fired from a waitress job because I couldn't break my habit of saying, "You guys come back!" instead of Yall come back now, hear?"

      But my son teases me for my pronunciation of wash as warsh and coupon which I pronounce as cue-pon and he says is supposed to be cew-pon (like chew), so even within the same general location we have some strange lingo's going. Cute hub, enjoyed it.

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      8 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Rainholder: Tut, tut my pompous friend! I do believe the definition of epithet, according to Websters New World dictionary is: a word or phrase characterizing some person or thing. Here's another definition: a term used to characterize a person or thing.

      I looked it up before I ever published this, oh head master.

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      8 years ago

      Those are not epithets. epithets are words that decribe or add on to a person or thing. Kind of like a nickname or an extention of a name. Examples: Cathrine The Great (The great being the epithet) Or Gandalf The Gray (The Gray being the epithet) Or Donnalbalm the wonderer. So sadly I must say I did on enjoy your epithets considering there were none on your post.

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Ten-four, good buddy.

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      9 years ago

      I live in Tennessee, y'all come!

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Yall are very welcome!

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      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Butt paste? I love it! I am from NYC and it makes me wonder what sayings we have that are truly a part of us (and I will have to work on this).

      I spent many summers on my grandmother's farm in NC so I picked up some good ole sayings and "y'all" was and remains my favorite. I've lost it now but I think I will freak out my NYC friends with a bit of "y'all" for awhile and add it to "s'up" - as in "Wha s'up y'all!"

      This was fun! Thank you!

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I'm happy to make you laugh, anginflt4ua!!

    • anglnflt4ua profile image


      9 years ago from Bay Area, CA

      Funny stuff...especially since I am a southern native and have heard it all! You had me ROTFL! Thanks...I needed that today.

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      9 years ago

      hee hee. very cute hub! i visited the South a few times and after being there a week started saying "y'all" and ending every sentence with a question mark :)

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      Thanks gusripper and breadfastpop! Glad you enjoyed it!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice HUB. I enjoyed it very much!

    • gusripper profile image


      9 years ago

      That's why sometimes i love to could live in a world with no countries but small communities with their own language and customs.Nice hub

    • donotfear profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Thomas 

      9 years ago from Northeast Texas

      You better believe it! Bag balm in the green wonders! My grandson's face was so chapped red last winter, it hurt. I rubbed bag balm on it before he went to bed and the next morning there was NO REDNESS whatsoever! Oooh, that's another hub.

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      Veronica Allen 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Love the hub. That's so true. I'm from the south myself and I can attest to hearing these things on a regular basis. Oh by the way, I'm guilty of using cow udder cream - it's the best!


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