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Southern Expressions and Slang

touched Another way to say that someone is not quite "right" in the head. Usually accompanied by a knowing look and a nod along with the hand lightly tapped to the forehead.

by Anonymousreply 150June 9, 2022 2:00 AM

Yankees say "terched," like "terlet."

by Anonymousreply 1November 27, 2021 5:08 PM

Fixin' to... go to the store. etc.

I ain't studyin' you...I don't care. STFU.

by Anonymousreply 2November 27, 2021 5:11 PM

"Bring the door with you"

"I haven't seen you in a coon's age"

My head ache is bigger than Dallas"

by Anonymousreply 3November 27, 2021 5:11 PM

Oh i know a bunch of terms like that. For example that boys bread needs to be baked a bit longer. Or he/she isn't the sharpest crayon in the box. You know.

by Anonymousreply 4November 27, 2021 5:12 PM

"Don't let the sun go down on you here" = we used to own your ancestors.

by Anonymousreply 5November 27, 2021 5:13 PM

If God is willing, and he creek down rise.

by Anonymousreply 6November 27, 2021 5:25 PM

[quote]"Bring the door with you"

What does this mean?

by Anonymousreply 7November 27, 2021 5:28 PM

Bless your heart.

by Anonymousreply 8November 27, 2021 5:29 PM

[quote]Yankees say "terched," like "terlet."

Yes, all of us pronounce those words that way.

by Anonymousreply 9November 27, 2021 5:30 PM

Over yonder

by Anonymousreply 10November 27, 2021 5:30 PM

R1- Yankees like Edith and Archie Bunker.

by Anonymousreply 11November 27, 2021 5:33 PM

He's couldn't pour piss out of a boot, with the directions written on the heel!

by Anonymousreply 12November 27, 2021 5:37 PM

"She's so snooty, she'd drown in a hard rain!"

by Anonymousreply 13November 27, 2021 5:38 PM

What a cat-bird!

by Anonymousreply 14November 27, 2021 5:39 PM

Bring the door with you =Close and lock the door when you leave.

by Anonymousreply 15November 27, 2021 5:40 PM

"They sure must have some good cooks in his family" -- means "he is obese"

by Anonymousreply 16November 27, 2021 5:41 PM

She doesn’t miss any meals

by Anonymousreply 17November 27, 2021 5:44 PM

Sold down the river

Crack the whip

by Anonymousreply 18November 27, 2021 5:45 PM

"Well, the scenery sure was pretty" = the movie sucked but was set in a scenic location

by Anonymousreply 19November 27, 2021 5:46 PM

"How's ya momma an' 'em?"

by Anonymousreply 20November 27, 2021 5:47 PM

Oh my!

by Anonymousreply 21November 27, 2021 5:47 PM

"y'all" used to be Southern Slang, but it has been co-opted by internet scolds, gay people and Black Twitter (and the overlap amongst the three). It is now Internet Slang and usually followed by "your weekly reminder", "do better", or "need to normalize (something stupid)"

by Anonymousreply 22November 27, 2021 5:49 PM

His family lives HIGH ON THE HOG

by Anonymousreply 23November 27, 2021 5:49 PM

Put your hands up or I'll shoot!

Never you mind, I'll just shoot.

by Anonymousreply 24November 27, 2021 5:53 PM

My favorites:

Slicker than snot on a doorknob

Windy as a sack full of farts

by Anonymousreply 25November 27, 2021 5:54 PM

"Ya'll" is so convenient we had Shaker Heights teens saying it after staying there a couple weeks in the summer of 1976.


They LOVED us.

As one does.

by Anonymousreply 26November 27, 2021 5:54 PM

Y'all, regardless of its use in the South, is a dead giveaway these days that you are dealing with someone insufferable.

by Anonymousreply 27November 27, 2021 5:56 PM

Yes, r27!

by Anonymousreply 28November 27, 2021 5:58 PM

God willin' and the creek don't rise.

by Anonymousreply 29November 27, 2021 6:00 PM

Yes Mam

by Anonymousreply 30November 27, 2021 6:04 PM

Dat’s da suck job!

by Anonymousreply 31November 27, 2021 6:07 PM

Miss Anne, Miss Mary. etc. for familiar married ladies.

by Anonymousreply 32November 27, 2021 6:07 PM

They say hisself instead of himself

by Anonymousreply 33November 27, 2021 6:09 PM

"He might could do it."

I knew a well-educated southern woman who used this construction all the time. Drove me crazy!

by Anonymousreply 34November 27, 2021 6:11 PM

Well everyone knows about our love of "Bless your heart"

In South Carolina, a common way to say someone was crazy was to say something like, "You need to get to Bull Street."

Bull Street in Columbia was the long time home of the state mental hospital. It isn't there anymore but I still hear this saying, especially among older people.

by Anonymousreply 35November 27, 2021 6:15 PM

It’s raining like 2 cows pissing on a flat rock

by Anonymousreply 36November 27, 2021 6:44 PM

Meaner than a billygoat!

by Anonymousreply 37November 27, 2021 6:47 PM

I'm sweating like a whore in church!

by Anonymousreply 38November 27, 2021 6:54 PM

Honey Chile

by Anonymousreply 39November 27, 2021 7:02 PM

Watch yourseff, son, the squirrels is still gathering nuts for the winter.

If you ain’t got biscuits cornbread’ll do.

by Anonymousreply 40November 27, 2021 7:02 PM

Busier’n a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

Busier’n a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.

I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse.

by Anonymousreply 41November 27, 2021 7:05 PM

Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit!

by Anonymousreply 42November 27, 2021 7:05 PM

I wouldn't piss on him if his heart was on fire.

by Anonymousreply 43November 27, 2021 7:08 PM

He’s crookeder than a hound’s hind leg.

by Anonymousreply 44November 27, 2021 7:11 PM

Y’all is everywhere, ubiquitous

by Anonymousreply 45November 27, 2021 7:17 PM

Cleaner’n hound’s tooth.

by Anonymousreply 46November 27, 2021 7:17 PM

Batter my wiener and call me a corn dog

by Anonymousreply 47November 27, 2021 7:29 PM

Slick as a minner. (Minnow)

by Anonymousreply 48November 27, 2021 8:01 PM

[quote] "Ya'll" is so convenient we had Shaker Heights teens saying it

Shouldn’t that be "’Ya'll’is so convenient we’all had Shaker Heights teens saying it”?

by Anonymousreply 49November 27, 2021 8:16 PM

She looks like Look like something the cat dragged in

by Anonymousreply 50November 27, 2021 8:24 PM

“Who all”.

Haha. “Who all”.

by Anonymousreply 51November 27, 2021 8:34 PM

I'm Colombian but have lived over in Memphis, TN for some time. I like the southern slang as long as it is tolerant minded.

"That man there touched." Means, the fellow is crazy in some fashion, OP already knows. In Memphis it was oftentimes used to describe Donald Trump for obvious reasons.

"Don't let the door hit you lest the good Lord split you." Means, get the hell out of my life and/or house.

"The sidewalk shake the second that thot walk near a church." Means, an absolute lady of ill repute. THOT means "that ho over there." Oh my goodness! Memphis has a ton of churches.

"Thick." Means, instead of shapely or perhaps just downright fat one says "thick." I find it polite, and as a Lesbian, the gentlemen who describe ladies that way mean no harm and are oftentimes really accurate.

I love it! As long as the southern slang is tolerant minded I'm cool with it.

by Anonymousreply 52November 27, 2021 8:36 PM

Hush yo mouff

by Anonymousreply 53November 27, 2021 8:42 PM

Tell the truth and shame the devil

by Anonymousreply 54November 27, 2021 8:44 PM


by Anonymousreply 55November 27, 2021 8:48 PM

"right smart" of something = "a great deal" of something

by Anonymousreply 56November 27, 2021 8:48 PM

[quote] "Don't let the door hit you lest the good Lord split you."

It’s actually "Don't let the door hit you [bold]where[/bold] the good Lord split you." (your butt).

by Anonymousreply 57November 27, 2021 8:51 PM

Is a frog's ass watertight?

by Anonymousreply 58November 27, 2021 8:54 PM

Bill Clinton said, "I'll be with you 'til the last dog dies!"

I never did figure out what that meant.

by Anonymousreply 59November 27, 2021 8:54 PM

Tighter than a well digger’s ass

by Anonymousreply 60November 27, 2021 9:15 PM

Walking in tall cotton = rich

Dumb as a sack of hair, dumb as bag full of hammers

by Anonymousreply 61November 27, 2021 9:16 PM

[quote] Tighter than a well digger’s ass

That would be “colder than a well digger’s ass,” Hoss.

by Anonymousreply 62November 27, 2021 9:20 PM

My dad:

"She's uglier'n a mud fence." "Played awful today. Couldn't hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle." "Whoooo doggies, that's good."

by Anonymousreply 63November 27, 2021 9:52 PM

Colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra

by Anonymousreply 64November 27, 2021 10:18 PM

Courtesy of my late grandmother:

“Could eat corn on the cob through a picket fence”

“As full of shit as a Christmas turkey”

by Anonymousreply 65November 27, 2021 10:27 PM

It's a toad strangler= neaning, its raining really hard

by Anonymousreply 66November 27, 2021 10:36 PM

I used ta could.

by Anonymousreply 67November 27, 2021 11:08 PM

[quote] “Could eat corn on the cob through a picket fence.”

I'm from the South, and the variation of that one I often heard was, "Teeth so big he/she could bite an apple through a picket fence."

by Anonymousreply 68November 27, 2021 11:14 PM

[quote]My dad: Whoooo doggies...

Was his last name Clampett?

by Anonymousreply 69November 27, 2021 11:14 PM

"Sweating like a fat man at a free dance."

by Anonymousreply 70November 27, 2021 11:16 PM

Most of these are from my mother’s mother:

Like shifting shit with knitting needles = doing something the wrong/hardest way

Ten pounds of sugar in a five pound bag = someone, usually a woman, wearing too tight/revealing clothes

Buggy = grocery cart

Tight as Dick’s hatband = a cheap person but referring to the foreskin

From can to can’t = sunup to sundown

Hot as hinges = refers to how hot the hinges to the gates of hell would be

Piss-elegant = style in decoration to fancy for the setting / putting on airs

Count your fingers after shaking their hand = someone is crooked or a thief

Doesn’t have sense enough to get in out of the rain = stupid

Knee-walking drunk = too drunk to stand up

Drunk as Cooter Brown = supposedly about a guy who stayed drunk all during the civil war so he couldn’t be drafted

Rich as Cresus = refers to the ancient Lydian king who invented coinage

Take to bed = someone has had a mental breakdown

I’ll post more as they come to me. She was a character!

by Anonymousreply 71November 27, 2021 11:25 PM

So Fat she sat on a rainbow and made skittles

by Anonymousreply 72November 28, 2021 12:07 AM

“I wish a fairy would transport you to my side” and then “we could have a conversation of the right stamp” and “I never knew such a lark”

by Anonymousreply 73November 28, 2021 12:17 AM

Eyes so crossed she could see the chickens in the backyard while settin’ in front.

by Anonymousreply 74November 28, 2021 12:24 AM

[quote] I find it polite, and as a Lesbian, the gentlemen who describe ladies that way mean no harm and are oftentimes really accurate. I love it! As long as the southern slang is tolerant minded I'm cool with it.

Boundaries stated.

by Anonymousreply 75November 28, 2021 12:29 AM

[quote] "Sweating like a fat man at a free dance."

Why does the dance being free make the fat man sweat more?

by Anonymousreply 76November 28, 2021 12:54 AM

The one I often heard was, "I'm sweating like a Coke bottle at a barbecue."

by Anonymousreply 77November 28, 2021 2:46 AM

If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his ass.

by Anonymousreply 78November 28, 2021 2:50 AM

Using "mash" instead of "push". "Just mash the clutch while you're shifting and you'll do fine". "If you had another brain, it'd be lonesome". "Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the possum it could be done". "The hamster's dead but the wheel's still spinnin' ".

by Anonymousreply 79November 28, 2021 8:30 AM

“Drink” to mean any beverage

by Anonymousreply 80November 28, 2021 2:17 PM


by Anonymousreply 81November 28, 2021 2:47 PM

[quote] “Drink” to mean any beverage

I haven’t heard that it have heard “Coke” to mean any type of soft drink. The person ordering says “I want a Coke”, and the server will ask “What kind?”

by Anonymousreply 82November 28, 2021 4:24 PM

[quote] “Drink” to mean any beverage

I haven’t heard that. I have heard “Coke” to mean any type of soft drink. The person ordering says “I want a Coke”, and the server will ask “What kind?”

by Anonymousreply 83November 28, 2021 4:24 PM

R80 is from Eastern NC.

They are all "drinks."

by Anonymousreply 84November 28, 2021 4:37 PM

Unless they're DRANKS.

by Anonymousreply 85November 28, 2021 4:48 PM

I first heard If The Good Lord Is Willing And The Creeks Don’t Rise from Hank Williams.

by Anonymousreply 86November 28, 2021 5:02 PM

R82 That's one I've heard about but never experienced. We just say whatever brand or flavor we want around my area. If you say coke, you want a coke. If you want pepsi, you say pepsi, if you want sprite you say sprite.

by Anonymousreply 87November 28, 2021 5:08 PM

Great balls of fire?

(Actually, does anybody still say that?)

by Anonymousreply 88November 28, 2021 5:09 PM

[quote]"Don't let the door hit you lest the good Lord split you." Means, get the hell out of my life and/or house.

No, it's "Don't let the door hit you WHERE the good Lord split you" referring to your butt crack and thus, leave and don't let the door slam your ass on the way out.

by Anonymousreply 89November 28, 2021 5:13 PM


"Fine as frog hair split three ways"

"Uglier than homemade sin"

"Gooder'n snuff and not half as dusty"

"More holey than righteous" (said of tatty clothes, socks, etc.)

by Anonymousreply 90November 28, 2021 5:13 PM

Up shit creek without a paddle.

by Anonymousreply 91November 28, 2021 5:14 PM

Plainer than a mud fence

by Anonymousreply 92November 28, 2021 5:16 PM

Now some of you are not reading the prior posts.

by Anonymousreply 93November 28, 2021 5:21 PM

"It's hotter than blue blazes!" meaning, it's hotter than hell - because brimstone (sulfur) burns with a blue flame.

by Anonymousreply 94November 28, 2021 5:28 PM

R33, “Miss Ann” has a different meaning to me. I have always understood that to refer to prissy White women, or prissy gay White men…by Black folks.

by Anonymousreply 95November 28, 2021 5:32 PM

Saditty= stuck up Color struck= overly focused on skin tone dick struck=obsessed with sex, dick size

by Anonymousreply 96November 28, 2021 5:37 PM

R89, did you completely skim by r57?

by Anonymousreply 97November 28, 2021 6:02 PM

[quote] I’m so busy I don’t know if I found a rope or lost my horse.

Boy, do I know this feeling

by Anonymousreply 98November 28, 2021 6:08 PM

[quote]I first heard If The Good Lord Is Willing And The Creeks Don’t Rise from Hank Williams.

Wow! You must be older’n dirt in dog years! That feller’s birth certificate done got canceled almost 70 years ago!

by Anonymousreply 99November 28, 2021 6:08 PM

On yesterday/on tomorrow

by Anonymousreply 100November 28, 2021 6:58 PM

right close

by Anonymousreply 101November 28, 2021 7:07 PM


by Anonymousreply 102November 28, 2021 7:16 PM

People in hell want ice water. Retort when a kid asks for something. If you had a brain you would be dangerous Did you get in the wrong line when they were passing out brains ? Wish in one hand and shit in the other

by Anonymousreply 103November 28, 2021 7:25 PM

"Pure-dee," an intensifier: "That there gal is pure-dee TRASH"

by Anonymousreply 104November 28, 2021 7:36 PM


by Anonymousreply 105November 28, 2021 7:49 PM

"fixin to" instead of "getting ready to"

We're fixin' to leave for church.

by Anonymousreply 106November 28, 2021 8:16 PM

r106 You should be fixin' to read the thread before posting.

See R2.

by Anonymousreply 107November 28, 2021 8:45 PM

I think they say y'all a lot.

by Anonymousreply 108November 28, 2021 8:49 PM

R84, I’m from central NC. “Drink” is said throughout NC to mean any beverage.

by Anonymousreply 109November 28, 2021 8:51 PM

High yella (black Person with light complexion)

by Anonymousreply 110November 28, 2021 8:52 PM

I’m from MD and I think we use “drink” this way as well? What is it supposed to mean, alcoholic beverages only?

by Anonymousreply 111November 28, 2021 8:52 PM

R107, you cuter than a June bug.

She's lost as last year's Easter egg.

by Anonymousreply 112November 28, 2021 8:54 PM

Rocky Mount is not central NC.

by Anonymousreply 113November 28, 2021 8:57 PM

Virginia also says drink to me all beverages

by Anonymousreply 114November 29, 2021 1:02 AM

I will say I've heard it in a general sense. "Y'all wanta drink?" But, not for specific drinks, you still answer with tea, coke, etc... or say "whatcha you got."

by Anonymousreply 115November 29, 2021 1:20 AM

A tad bit

by Anonymousreply 116November 29, 2021 2:23 AM

Well I never in all my life.

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by Anonymousreply 117November 29, 2021 2:41 AM

She put her foot in this food!

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by Anonymousreply 118November 29, 2021 3:11 AM

Ugly people got “hit with the ugly stick”

“I swan” for “I swear” (because it’s not right to swear)

“Night shoes” meaning slippers

by Anonymousreply 119November 29, 2021 3:43 AM

The wrecker for ambulance

by Anonymousreply 120November 29, 2021 3:45 AM

R120 Wrecker is a tow-truck not an ambulance which is usually pronounced ambeaulance and the noise is the sighreine.

by Anonymousreply 121November 29, 2021 3:51 AM

She’s just shallow as a saucer.

by Anonymousreply 122November 29, 2021 3:53 AM

Prez-dit, for President

Pin, for pen

Put that to, meaning please close a door, drawer or cabinet

Madder than a wet hen

by Anonymousreply 123November 29, 2021 5:19 AM

Kinfolk for relatives.

by Anonymousreply 124November 29, 2021 2:08 PM

Cousins for wives.

by Anonymousreply 125November 29, 2021 7:55 PM

"Nervous as a pregnant nun." [italic]See also[/italic] "Jumpy as a virgin at a prison rodeo."

by Anonymousreply 126December 7, 2021 3:25 AM

R126 Along those lines I heard an old guy say, "I'm as nervous as the only heifer in a field full of bulls."

by Anonymousreply 127December 7, 2021 4:10 AM

Chimbley for chimney.

by Anonymousreply 128December 7, 2021 10:24 AM

Some people's children!

by Anonymousreply 129December 7, 2021 10:27 AM

Until the cows come home

by Anonymousreply 130December 7, 2021 11:14 AM

In some very rural parts of the south they don't say "touched", they say "he's titched in the hade"

"momanim" is for "mom and them"

"I'm serious as a tornado in a trailer park"

"His breath would blister a brick" or "his breath would make an onion cry".

In northern parts of Alabama they say "youinses" when asking someone if they're going to do something. "Are youinses going to the dance"?

"Well I swan" means "well I'll be".

by Anonymousreply 131December 7, 2021 11:22 AM

In Alabama I stopped for gas off the expressway once. In the convenience store a woman was looking at sodas in the refrigerated section. She kept asking the clerk "how much is this orange cocola? "how much is this grape cocola?", etc. Every damn soda in the case was a "cocola" to her.

by Anonymousreply 132December 7, 2021 11:26 AM

Oh my lands!

by Anonymousreply 133December 7, 2021 5:31 PM

she's sweat'n like a whore in church

by Anonymousreply 134December 7, 2021 5:41 PM

It's spelled "y'all," short for "you all." "Ya'll" makes no sense as a spelling.

by Anonymousreply 135December 7, 2021 5:45 PM

[quote]Watch yourseff, son, the squirrels is still gathering nuts for the winter.

[quote] If you ain’t got biscuits cornbread’ll do.

Well, these are mysterious. What do they mean?

Do you also say "Shaka, when the walls fell "?

by Anonymousreply 136December 7, 2021 5:46 PM

[quote] [R33], “Miss Ann” has a different meaning to me. I have always understood that to refer to prissy White women, or prissy gay White men…by Black folks.

It's actually used by black folks for stuck-up black women.

From the opening of DREAMGIRLS, when the black manager Marty is objecting to two other black characters, Joanne and Charlene, walking out on being back-up singers for his client James Thunder Early:

MARTY: "You walk, Miss Ann, and I'll call your union!"

JOANNE: "What union, Marty? You don't hire union."

CHARLENE: "Come on, Joanne, our limousine is waiting..."

by Anonymousreply 137December 7, 2021 5:53 PM

“Toboggan” for a knit cap. I have no idea why people outside of Western N.C. have no idea what that is.

by Anonymousreply 138December 7, 2021 6:16 PM


by Anonymousreply 139December 7, 2021 6:21 PM

No R137. “You bettah ask somebody.”

by Anonymousreply 140December 7, 2021 6:23 PM

Nervous as a nun in a cucumber patch.

by Anonymousreply 141December 7, 2021 8:14 PM

That’s busier’n a nun in a cucumber patch.

by Anonymousreply 142December 7, 2021 8:20 PM


Squirrels gathering nuts: Someone is a little off-kilter, they’d be warned the squirrels are gathering nuts.

As for the biscuits/cornbread, it said when something is used in lieu of another thing.

“Do you have a pen I could borrow?”

“I got a pencil.”

“Well, if ya ain’t got biscuits cornbread’ll do.”

by Anonymousreply 143December 7, 2021 8:23 PM

^^^ It's barree, not borrow.

by Anonymousreply 144December 7, 2021 9:40 PM

“I appreciate you” as a way of thanking a client for his custom.

by Anonymousreply 145December 9, 2021 12:25 AM

Blessed for everything good

by Anonymousreply 146December 9, 2021 12:28 AM

Sho 'nuff

by Anonymousreply 147December 9, 2021 12:36 AM

“Shut your whore mouth!” said to a garrulous strumpet.

by Anonymousreply 148June 9, 2022 1:38 AM

Tee tee for pee.

by Anonymousreply 149June 9, 2022 1:40 AM

Well, that'll go over like a fart in a whirlwind.

by Anonymousreply 150June 9, 2022 2:00 AM
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