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Southern Expressions 101 ~ page 1
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Chris and Stephanie sent this:
My Granny says:
~~Me and you are gonna go to fist city. (You better straighten up!)
~~Gimme a yankee dime. (Give me a kiss.)
~~He ain’t got enough sense to poor piss out of a boot. (He’s not too smart.)
~~You guys got more bills than Carter’s got pills! (Parents worry about young people being in debt.)
~~He ain’t got a pot to piss in. (He's very poor.)
~~He’s crazier than a bess bug. (He's insane; however, I don’t know what a bess bug is.)
~~Wilder than a March hair (hare?). (This would be my 3 year old son, but I have no idea what a March hare or hair is!)
~~You’re going to hell in a handbasket. (You are being bad!)
~~She was sweating like a whore in church! (She's hot!)
~~Yaw now, git over here! (That's what they say when kids are getting in trouble.)
~~She was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. (She was busy.)
~~We say "burnt" and "ruint" -- like "I ruint my new shoes when I went out in the mud to see about the burnt corn field."


Leslie T. from Florida wrote:
Came across this site and fell in love! As a native Floridian, one of my favorites is:
~~"She's so ugly, she'd make a frieight train take a dirt road."

Gail B. sends these great expressions.
My grandma was from Sand Mountain, Alabama, and had some really funny sayings.
~~She used to call me Sally Goodin’— I never knew why.
~~When we girls wore dresses and forgot to keep our legs together, she’d say, “Ooooooo weeee ... I see Christmas,” meaning she could see our white underwear.
~~She’d also say, “If you get any taller, I’m going to have to put a rock on your head.”
~~When visitors were leaving, she’d say, “Y'all stay the night. We don’t have extra beds, but I’m sure we can find a nail to hang you on.”
~~When we cried, she’d hold her hand under our chins and say, “Cry me a hand full.”
~~When we visited, she’d say, “Climb up in my lap and let me nuss you.” She meant love on us.
~~When we asked the time, she’d look at her wrist and say, “It’s time all dogs were dead. Aren’t you glad you’re a pup?”

From the time I was a little bitty thing, I can remember my Dad telling “little Moe Run” jokes. "Why did the little Moe Run throw the clock out the window? To see time fly." "Why did the little Moe Run cross the road? To get to the other side." "Why did the little Moe Run hide under the stairs to pick his nose? So the booger wouldn’t find him." I didn’t realize, until I was in my 40’s that he was actually saying “little moron."

From reader T. Hayes come these contributions to SouthMouth:
I am from the west, but my mom's family hails from Oklahoma and dad's from Texas (via Alabama and Georgia), so I've heard a few. Many have been mentioned already, so I'll try not to repeat.
~~Hornier than a peach orchard boar
~~Worthless as tits on a boar hog
~~Go piss up a rope (said by dad when a kid was in self pity)
~~Colder than a witch's tit
~~Ain't got a pot to piss in, ner a winda (window) to throw it out
~~Grandpa used to say "thirty years one summer," such as: "Me and my brother picked cotton for thirty years one summer."
~~You don't know shit from shinola
~~He don't know his ass from a hole in the ground


Mike R. sends these funny expressions:
I've been reading the Southern Expressions section of USADEEPSOUTH and have very much enjoyed it. I was born in 1950 in northeast Alabama. Consequently, when I was young, I was around Southerners who had been born in the late 1800's and early 1900's. I heard many old expressions. Here are two that I can remember. WARNING: they're a little off color!

~~If someone asks you where a person is and you don't know and could care less, you might say, "They went to shit, and the hogs ate them." I assume this came from a time when people went out into the woods to do their business and wild hogs still roamed freely (?).

~~A comment about being very hungry was, "I'm so hungry, I could eat the ass-end out of a rag doll !" No explanation on this one!

~~Also, remember that expression "all tuckered out," meaning you're very tired.

TIA enjoys our SouthMouth pages and wants to add two more expressions:

~~"You said your piece, now I want to say mine!"
~~"I don't appreciate your innuendoes."

Note from Ye Editor: I do believe them's fightin' words.

We were delighted with this missive from Freda.
Hello, my name is Freda, and I grew up in eastern North Carolina. My whole life was one big colloquialism. I remember my dad and his friend sitting around on Sunday afternoon, "shootin" horseshoes (thats throwing for non-southspeakers") and spouting off the colloquialisms. Here are a few of my favorites.

~~"Madder than a wet hen" - really, really mad
~~"Two sheets in the wind" - really, really drunk
~~"I'll knock you into the middle of next week!" - usually accompanied by a threat for a spanking
~~"They never could set horses." - never could get along - I guess this has to do with your 'seat' on a horse and the subsequent problems if you don't have a good 'seat'.
~~"I ain't no slow leak." - I'm not dumb.
~~"Duller than dishwater" - not too smart
~~"Piss poor" - really poor, as in "that's a piss poor excuse for not going to see her."
~~"Stump hole ugly" - really, really ugly
~~"Rode hard and put up wet" - looks really bad - "She looks like she's been rode hard and put up wet."
~~"A wing and a prayer" - not knowing how you will make something happen -- "We started this program on a wing and a prayer."
~~"Mad enough to bite nails" - really, really mad - Also, fightin' mad and spittin' mad
~~"Momma's baby, daddy maybe" - You know who the child's mother is, but you can't be sure about the father.
~~"Living high on the hog" - living well
~~"Root hog or die"- every man for himself, nobody is going to give you anything - as in "when they closed the plant it was root hog or die."
~~"Take em to raise" - take ownership of something - "We just wanted to have the neighbors over for dinner, but they stayed forever. Hey, we didn't plan to take 'em to raise."

Another interesting phenomenon we were talking about at lunch the other day (I now live in Richmond, Virginia) is regional peculiarity in the use of words.

~~For example, in eastern North Carolina we 'make grocery' instead of 'buy grocery'.
~~Our cars have boots instead of trunks and pockets instead of glove compartments.
~~Our water runs from spigots instead of faucets.
~~We turn things 'aloose' instead of letting them go.
~~We get into a heap of trouble instead of a lot of trouble.
~~We sop gravy with biscuits or some other type of bread.
~~We eat 'her'n fish' instead of herring.
~~We also eat 'pokenbeans' instead of pork and beans.
~~We 'raise' our children as opposed to rearing them.
~~We 'grow' corn instead of raising it.

I could go on and on. I'll have to talk to my cousins to come up with more. This was just what I could come up with in 15 or 20 minutes on my own. Thanks so much for your site. I love the rich color of the language and the people in my native rural North Carolina.


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