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.
Southern Expressions and Slang
|by Anonymous||reply 147||December 9, 2021 1:36 AM|
Yankees say "terched," like "terlet."
|by Anonymous||reply 1||November 27, 2021 6:08 PM|
Fixin' to... go to the store. etc.
I ain't studyin' you...I don't care. STFU.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||November 27, 2021 6:11 PM|
"Bring the door with you"
"I haven't seen you in a coon's age"
My head ache is bigger than Dallas"
|by Anonymous||reply 3||November 27, 2021 6:11 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 Anonymous||reply 4||November 27, 2021 6:12 PM|
"Don't let the sun go down on you here" = we used to own your ancestors.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||November 27, 2021 6:13 PM|
If God is willing, and he creek down rise.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||November 27, 2021 6:25 PM|
[quote]"Bring the door with you"
What does this mean?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||November 27, 2021 6:28 PM|
Bless your heart.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||November 27, 2021 6:29 PM|
[quote]Yankees say "terched," like "terlet."
Yes, all of us pronounce those words that way.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||November 27, 2021 6:30 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 10||November 27, 2021 6:30 PM|
R1- Yankees like Edith and Archie Bunker.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||November 27, 2021 6:33 PM|
He's couldn't pour piss out of a boot, with the directions written on the heel!
|by Anonymous||reply 12||November 27, 2021 6:37 PM|
"She's so snooty, she'd drown in a hard rain!"
|by Anonymous||reply 13||November 27, 2021 6:38 PM|
What a cat-bird!
|by Anonymous||reply 14||November 27, 2021 6:39 PM|
Bring the door with you =Close and lock the door when you leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||November 27, 2021 6:40 PM|
"They sure must have some good cooks in his family" -- means "he is obese"
|by Anonymous||reply 16||November 27, 2021 6:41 PM|
She doesn’t miss any meals
|by Anonymous||reply 17||November 27, 2021 6:44 PM|
Sold down the river
Crack the whip
|by Anonymous||reply 18||November 27, 2021 6:45 PM|
"Well, the scenery sure was pretty" = the movie sucked but was set in a scenic location
|by Anonymous||reply 19||November 27, 2021 6:46 PM|
"How's ya momma an' 'em?"
|by Anonymous||reply 20||November 27, 2021 6:47 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 21||November 27, 2021 6:47 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 Anonymous||reply 22||November 27, 2021 6:49 PM|
His family lives HIGH ON THE HOG
|by Anonymous||reply 23||November 27, 2021 6:49 PM|
Put your hands up or I'll shoot!
Never you mind, I'll just shoot.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||November 27, 2021 6:53 PM|
Slicker than snot on a doorknob
Windy as a sack full of farts
|by Anonymous||reply 25||November 27, 2021 6:54 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 Anonymous||reply 26||November 27, 2021 6:54 PM|
Y'all, regardless of its use in the South, is a dead giveaway these days that you are dealing with someone insufferable.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||November 27, 2021 6:56 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 28||November 27, 2021 6:58 PM|
God willin' and the creek don't rise.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||November 27, 2021 7:00 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 30||November 27, 2021 7:04 PM|
Dat’s da suck job!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||November 27, 2021 7:07 PM|
Miss Anne, Miss Mary. etc. for familiar married ladies.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||November 27, 2021 7:07 PM|
They say hisself instead of himself
|by Anonymous||reply 33||November 27, 2021 7:09 PM|
"He might could do it."
I knew a well-educated southern woman who used this construction all the time. Drove me crazy!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||November 27, 2021 7:11 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 Anonymous||reply 35||November 27, 2021 7:15 PM|
It’s raining like 2 cows pissing on a flat rock
|by Anonymous||reply 36||November 27, 2021 7:44 PM|
Meaner than a billygoat!
|by Anonymous||reply 37||November 27, 2021 7:47 PM|
I'm sweating like a whore in church!
|by Anonymous||reply 38||November 27, 2021 7:54 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 39||November 27, 2021 8:02 PM|
Watch yourseff, son, the squirrels is still gathering nuts for the winter.
If you ain’t got biscuits cornbread’ll do.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||November 27, 2021 8:02 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 Anonymous||reply 41||November 27, 2021 8:05 PM|
Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit!
|by Anonymous||reply 42||November 27, 2021 8:05 PM|
I wouldn't piss on him if his heart was on fire.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||November 27, 2021 8:08 PM|
He’s crookeder than a hound’s hind leg.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||November 27, 2021 8:11 PM|
Y’all is everywhere, ubiquitous
|by Anonymous||reply 45||November 27, 2021 8:17 PM|
Cleaner’n hound’s tooth.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||November 27, 2021 8:17 PM|
Batter my wiener and call me a corn dog
|by Anonymous||reply 47||November 27, 2021 8:29 PM|
Slick as a minner. (Minnow)
|by Anonymous||reply 48||November 27, 2021 9:01 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 Anonymous||reply 49||November 27, 2021 9:16 PM|
She looks like Look like something the cat dragged in
|by Anonymous||reply 50||November 27, 2021 9:24 PM|
Haha. “Who all”.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||November 27, 2021 9:34 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 Anonymous||reply 52||November 27, 2021 9:36 PM|
Hush yo mouff
|by Anonymous||reply 53||November 27, 2021 9:42 PM|
Tell the truth and shame the devil
|by Anonymous||reply 54||November 27, 2021 9:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 55||November 27, 2021 9:48 PM|
"right smart" of something = "a great deal" of something
|by Anonymous||reply 56||November 27, 2021 9:48 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 Anonymous||reply 57||November 27, 2021 9:51 PM|
Is a frog's ass watertight?
|by Anonymous||reply 58||November 27, 2021 9:54 PM|
Bill Clinton said, "I'll be with you 'til the last dog dies!"
I never did figure out what that meant.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||November 27, 2021 9:54 PM|
Tighter than a well digger’s ass
|by Anonymous||reply 60||November 27, 2021 10:15 PM|
Walking in tall cotton = rich
Dumb as a sack of hair, dumb as bag full of hammers
|by Anonymous||reply 61||November 27, 2021 10:16 PM|
[quote] Tighter than a well digger’s ass
That would be “colder than a well digger’s ass,” Hoss.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||November 27, 2021 10:20 PM|
"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 Anonymous||reply 63||November 27, 2021 10:52 PM|
Colder than a witch’s tit in a brass bra
|by Anonymous||reply 64||November 27, 2021 11:18 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 Anonymous||reply 65||November 27, 2021 11:27 PM|
It's a toad strangler= neaning, its raining really hard
|by Anonymous||reply 66||November 27, 2021 11:36 PM|
I used ta could.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||November 28, 2021 12:08 AM|
[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 Anonymous||reply 68||November 28, 2021 12:14 AM|
[quote]My dad: Whoooo doggies...
Was his last name Clampett?
|by Anonymous||reply 69||November 28, 2021 12:14 AM|
"Sweating like a fat man at a free dance."
|by Anonymous||reply 70||November 28, 2021 12:16 AM|
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 Anonymous||reply 71||November 28, 2021 12:25 AM|
So Fat she sat on a rainbow and made skittles
|by Anonymous||reply 72||November 28, 2021 1:07 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 Anonymous||reply 73||November 28, 2021 1:17 AM|
Eyes so crossed she could see the chickens in the backyard while settin’ in front.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||November 28, 2021 1:24 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.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||November 28, 2021 1:29 AM|
[quote] "Sweating like a fat man at a free dance."
Why does the dance being free make the fat man sweat more?
|by Anonymous||reply 76||November 28, 2021 1:54 AM|
The one I often heard was, "I'm sweating like a Coke bottle at a barbecue."
|by Anonymous||reply 77||November 28, 2021 3:46 AM|
If a frog had wings he wouldn't bump his ass.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||November 28, 2021 3:50 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 Anonymous||reply 79||November 28, 2021 9:30 AM|
“Drink” to mean any beverage
|by Anonymous||reply 80||November 28, 2021 3:17 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 81||November 28, 2021 3:47 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 Anonymous||reply 82||November 28, 2021 5:24 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 Anonymous||reply 83||November 28, 2021 5:24 PM|
R80 is from Eastern NC.
They are all "drinks."
|by Anonymous||reply 84||November 28, 2021 5:37 PM|
Unless they're DRANKS.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||November 28, 2021 5:48 PM|
I first heard If The Good Lord Is Willing And The Creeks Don’t Rise from Hank Williams.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||November 28, 2021 6:02 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 Anonymous||reply 87||November 28, 2021 6:08 PM|
Great balls of fire?
(Actually, does anybody still say that?)
|by Anonymous||reply 88||November 28, 2021 6:09 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 Anonymous||reply 89||November 28, 2021 6:13 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 Anonymous||reply 90||November 28, 2021 6:13 PM|
Up shit creek without a paddle.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||November 28, 2021 6:14 PM|
Plainer than a mud fence
|by Anonymous||reply 92||November 28, 2021 6:16 PM|
Now some of you are not reading the prior posts.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||November 28, 2021 6:21 PM|
"It's hotter than blue blazes!" meaning, it's hotter than hell - because brimstone (sulfur) burns with a blue flame.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||November 28, 2021 6:28 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 Anonymous||reply 95||November 28, 2021 6:32 PM|
Saditty= stuck up Color struck= overly focused on skin tone dick struck=obsessed with sex, dick size
|by Anonymous||reply 96||November 28, 2021 6:37 PM|
R89, did you completely skim by r57?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||November 28, 2021 7:02 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 Anonymous||reply 98||November 28, 2021 7:08 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 Anonymous||reply 99||November 28, 2021 7:08 PM|
On yesterday/on tomorrow
|by Anonymous||reply 100||November 28, 2021 7:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 101||November 28, 2021 8:07 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 102||November 28, 2021 8:16 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 Anonymous||reply 103||November 28, 2021 8:25 PM|
"Pure-dee," an intensifier: "That there gal is pure-dee TRASH"
|by Anonymous||reply 104||November 28, 2021 8:36 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 105||November 28, 2021 8:49 PM|
"fixin to" instead of "getting ready to"
We're fixin' to leave for church.
|by Anonymous||reply 106||November 28, 2021 9:16 PM|
r106 You should be fixin' to read the thread before posting.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||November 28, 2021 9:45 PM|
I think they say y'all a lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||November 28, 2021 9:49 PM|
R84, I’m from central NC. “Drink” is said throughout NC to mean any beverage.
|by Anonymous||reply 109||November 28, 2021 9:51 PM|
High yella (black Person with light complexion)
|by Anonymous||reply 110||November 28, 2021 9:52 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 Anonymous||reply 111||November 28, 2021 9:52 PM|
R107, you cuter than a June bug.
She's lost as last year's Easter egg.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||November 28, 2021 9:54 PM|
Rocky Mount is not central NC.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||November 28, 2021 9:57 PM|
Virginia also says drink to me all beverages
|by Anonymous||reply 114||November 29, 2021 2:02 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 Anonymous||reply 115||November 29, 2021 2:20 AM|
A tad bit
|by Anonymous||reply 116||November 29, 2021 3:23 AM|
Well I never in all my life.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||November 29, 2021 3:41 AM|
She put her foot in this food!
|by Anonymous||reply 118||November 29, 2021 4:11 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 Anonymous||reply 119||November 29, 2021 4:43 AM|
The wrecker for ambulance
|by Anonymous||reply 120||November 29, 2021 4:45 AM|
R120 Wrecker is a tow-truck not an ambulance which is usually pronounced ambeaulance and the noise is the sighreine.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||November 29, 2021 4:51 AM|
She’s just shallow as a saucer.
|by Anonymous||reply 122||November 29, 2021 4:53 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 Anonymous||reply 123||November 29, 2021 6:19 AM|
Kinfolk for relatives.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||November 29, 2021 3:08 PM|
Cousins for wives.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||November 29, 2021 8:55 PM|
"Nervous as a pregnant nun." [italic]See also[/italic] "Jumpy as a virgin at a prison rodeo."
|by Anonymous||reply 126||December 7, 2021 4:25 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 Anonymous||reply 127||December 7, 2021 5:10 AM|
Chimbley for chimney.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||December 7, 2021 11:24 AM|
Some people's children!
|by Anonymous||reply 129||December 7, 2021 11:27 AM|
Until the cows come home
|by Anonymous||reply 130||December 7, 2021 12:14 PM|
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 Anonymous||reply 131||December 7, 2021 12:22 PM|
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 Anonymous||reply 132||December 7, 2021 12:26 PM|
Oh my lands!
|by Anonymous||reply 133||December 7, 2021 6:31 PM|
she's sweat'n like a whore in church
|by Anonymous||reply 134||December 7, 2021 6:41 PM|
It's spelled "y'all," short for "you all." "Ya'll" makes no sense as a spelling.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||December 7, 2021 6:45 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 Anonymous||reply 136||December 7, 2021 6:46 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 Anonymous||reply 137||December 7, 2021 6:53 PM|
“Toboggan” for a knit cap. I have no idea why people outside of Western N.C. have no idea what that is.
|by Anonymous||reply 138||December 7, 2021 7:16 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 139||December 7, 2021 7:21 PM|
No R137. “You bettah ask somebody.”
|by Anonymous||reply 140||December 7, 2021 7:23 PM|
Nervous as a nun in a cucumber patch.
|by Anonymous||reply 141||December 7, 2021 9:14 PM|
That’s busier’n a nun in a cucumber patch.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||December 7, 2021 9:20 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 Anonymous||reply 143||December 7, 2021 9:23 PM|
^^^ It's barree, not borrow.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||December 7, 2021 10:40 PM|
“I appreciate you” as a way of thanking a client for his custom.
|by Anonymous||reply 145||December 9, 2021 1:25 AM|
Blessed for everything good
|by Anonymous||reply 146||December 9, 2021 1:28 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 147||December 9, 2021 1:36 AM|