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USADEEPSOUTH writer Kent F in Texas e-mails us to say, "I glanced at the Southern expressions section and searched for this'un, but didn't find it."
~~ Fidnago - fixing to go - "Hey, I can't go with y'all, I'm fidnago home!"
Nan K sent an interesting message:
"I was doing some research for a screenplay I'm working on and I was running through your Southern Colloquialisms pages (and laughing my a** off!) when I saw you didn't have my particular favorite. Now this one comes from my dad, who is about as much a member of the Illiterati as not -- he really isn't a very educated man, and God bless him, he had me, the English major type. Still, he really cracks me up with his sayings, he's like a genius at them. The best one by far was when someone asked him if he was busy once. He said, 'I'm as busy as a one-legged cat in a sandbox.'
"And I thought you might enjoy the following engagement I had when I first moved to Central California and discovered that there was a language barrier."
To checkout clerk during a rushed lunch break: "Where do y'all keep your nabs?"
Me: "You know, nabs."
Me (a bit more frustrated): "You know, naaabs."
Me: "You know, cheese and crackers in a little package?"
Clerk: "Aisle two."
"That's when I realized I was using dialectical words. Nabs is what my Southern Mississippi mother always called them. When she went back to college in her forties, I remember her saying (when I'd run into her between classes), 'I was so busy today, I only had a pack of nabs and a Coke for lunch.' Which, of course, meant cheap and quick."
And from Pepper Ann:
"I really enjoy your web site. The other day an elderly neighbor was telling me about a promise her daughter had made to take her shopping 'next week'. Miss Laura said, "If promises were persimmons, the 'possums could eat good at her place."
This expression was sent by KNSNANA:
~~ “Good heavenly days!” - Means, "Gosh, that's amazing" or "Can you believe that?"
Shannon in Killeen, Texas says:
- How about "so dry the catfish are carrying canteens"?
Here's a funny one from Larry J. in Arkansas:
"Hi, y'all - I heard my brother-in-law use this expression: “She’s so ugly she don’t favor nothin’!”
Ray McC sends these:
~~ I been busier than a one-legged man at a butt kicking contest.
~~ He's so skinny he has to run around in the shower to get wet.
~~ He'd be a foot taller if his feet weren't so big.
~~ Don't get your panties in a uproar. (Don't get mad.)
~~ I've seen animals hurt worse than that get well. (Said to person eating a rare steak)
~~ You two been mooning and smooching? (Making out)
~~ He's slower than molasses in January.
~~ He's deader than a door nail.
~~ He ain't sawing logs, he's clearing brush. (Someone snoring loud)
~~ He ain't conceited, he's convinced! (Said about a vain or conceited person)
This question came from Jean B:
"Please help me out. At lunch today I told my friend that the expression 'Bless her heart,' said usually following or before a gentle insult, is a Southern expression. I was born in Liverpool, England, and every now and then, when I say something like this, I think my good, dear friend thinks I'm saying something insulting about the South. We live in North Carolina, and I thought most people knew that 'bless her heart' is a typical Southern expression. Will you please help me convince my friend I was not being insulting. Thanks so much."
Ye Editor responded:
"Good morning ~ You are absolutely right. Even though bless her heart may be uttered in a fashion to lessen the blow of an insult, it's often a phrase expressing real affection or concern. In other words, you acknowledge that something is amiss, but you usually DO care at least to some degree -- or else you'd just mutter the insult and stop at that.
Thanks -- I will forward your e-mail to my friend when the opportunity arises. But you know how Southern women are - so touchy, bless their hearts!
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