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Gail S. e-mails us:
~ "God bless America's milk cow" = I have no idea what this means but it was all my Tennessee cousins were allowed to say by way of cussing.
~ "Colder than a well digger's ass" = kinda self explanatory; just means real cold.
~ "Afixing" = about to go do something. "She was afixing to milk the cow."
~ "Piss poor" = below standard. "He is a piss poor excuse for a preacher."
~ "Fried, died and throwed to the side" = a variation on screwed, blued and tattooed. Neither one is a good thing.
Here's a good one from Larry R:
When someone has fooled you, say, "She put the big britches on me!"
N.D. contributes these to the USADS lists:
~ In Alabama, when a child was fussy, a grown up would say, "Comere, baby, and let me nuss you" ..... meaning, "Get in my lap and let me comfort you."
~ A child who was misbehaving was often told, "You better be good or Ole Bloody Bones will get you."
~ Your belly button was "where the Yankees shot you."
~ People didn't live on Main Street, they lived "Over yonder on Main Street."
~ Kith and Kin...was pronounced "Kissin Kin"
~ A cousin was a Cudden. "Cudden Lil 'n her fam'ly will be here shortly."
~ "I declare" was an expression of sympathy.
~ "Born on the wrong side of the blanket" meant his/her parents weren't married.
~ "Po thing" was somebody born above the Mason-Dixon Line.
Bobby O. sends these:
I don't know if all of these are from the South, but I've heard them over the years!
~ A "Butter Face" is a woman with a great body -- but NOT a great face!
~ "You're as corny as Kansas in August" (pretty corny; hayseed)
~ "They're workin' me like a red headed step child!" (overworked)
~ "Good from afar, far from good" (when you see someone that's attractive until you get close up!)
~ "Nervous as a virgin in a prison rodeo." (This one was said by Blanche in "The Golden Girls")
~ "She's seen more d*** than a urinal at Yankee Stadium (easy woman)
Mike K from Tulsa wrote: "Came across your Southmouth pages and loved them! My family grew up with many of them, courtesy of my father, who grew up in Blackwell, Okla. Oh, come on! It's just north of Tonkawa and midway between Nardin and Kildare. Some of them were verbatim, while other we learned in a different form."
~Haven't seen him in a coon's age
~Whatcha gonna do when the cr'ick runs dry?
~Oh, she's out back throwin' a hissy fit. (Often used to describe female anger at something trivial)
~Finer than frog hair split four ways and sanded
~Like a bear cub playin' with hisself (When someone is working like hell at something and an observer with some knowledge of the process realizes they're doing it all wrong)
~Like a pissant pulling a bale of hay (Along those same lines)
~He could eat coal and shit diamonds. (Describing the miserly, in other words a tightass!)
~Longer than a whore's dream
~As useless as tits on a boar hog
~Colder than a well digger's ass in the Klondike
~A heavy downpour was "a real frogwash" or "like a cow pissin' on a flat rock."
~Couldn't find his ass with both hands in his hip pockets
~Couldn't hit the broad side of a barn
~After working very hard: "I haven't moved like that since that last dose of epsom salts."
Thanks for the opportunity to share.
Michael K. - Tulsa, Okla.
Trent in Georgia sent us these expressions:
Howdy! I have been laughing my fool tail off at your South Mouth pages these past few days. I have a few for ya that I didn't see, though:
* My great uncle has lived in the Atlanta area his entire life. Whenever he orders a Coke, he calls it a "Co-Cola."
* Everyone in my family uses "reckon" as a replacement for "think," usually when expressing or asking an opinion. Example: "Do you reckon it's gonna be hot today?"
* When I was a kid and I was working on my folks' last nerves, they'd tell me I was, "Achin' for a breakin'!"
I was wondering if you'd seen a colloquialism for when a lady goes to tinkle? I've always heard men say they gotta see a man about a horse, but I haven't found a reference to the lady version of this. I have sometimes heard, "Shake the dew off the lily," but I've also heard men use this to refer to the, er, post-pee cleanup. My grandmother used one that was totally different than these, and I've been looking for it for weeks. I seem to recall something about a dress or sewing or something.
Thanks for the South Mouth pages. Very entertaining and I'm glad that some people still hold their family oral traditions dear.
These were sent by Britni, who said:
"I really enjoyed your website and all the funny sayings. Here are a few that I've heard in Oklahoma. I hope they aren't repeats!"
* It's rainin like a cow pissin on a flat rock.
* You're sweatin like a whore in church.
* I wouldn't walk across the street to piss on him if he was on fire.
Paige shares this one: "My favorite Georgia expression is 'Guilty as homemade sin'."
Love your site!
And Becky writes: "I read through your site but failed to find 'reckon' and 'onry'. Now I am from the northern part of Kentucky, but I lived in eastern Kentucky for about 4 years and always thought 'onry' meant mad; however, there they used the expression to mean worthless or lazy."
Example: "Did Jamie clean the barn today? Why, hell no, that boy is just onry."
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Southern Speak by Beth Boswell Jacks
Jessica's Southern Talk Page
Writing Southren by Carl Wayne
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