American Southerners say the Darnedest Things:
Planning a trip to the American South? It is a different world down here. Life moves at a slower pace, sunsets are enjoyed with a cup of coffee from a porch swing, and simplicity is a way of life. American Southerners say the Darnedest Things and I am guilty of it too. Here are some common phrases you may hear (and what they mean) upon your next Southern getaway. There are many phrases Southerners say, but I will teach you the common 10.
10 Phrases Southerners Say:
1.YA’LL-Let’s start with the most common phrase Southerner’s say. Ya’ll or you all refers to a group of 2 or more people. “Ya’ll wanna catch a movie?”
2. FIXIN’– “I’m fixin’ to go to the store.” Nope, we aren’t repairing anything. It means we are about to do something, but that takes too long to say.
3.FIGURED- Pronounced Figgered. “I figured you would do that.” This basically means, I knew or assumed something. You might find us figuring something over a beer, like the economy or our next trip.
4.BLESS YOUR HEART– This is the second most common phrases southerners say. “Well, Bless your heart.” This has two meanings. The first and most common, is a term of endearment. If someone has been sick or going through a rough patch, “bless your heart” shows sympathy. However, if we don’t like you for whatever reason, we will be blessing your heart up and down and around town. This type of derogation remark is used in place of your favorite swear words. After all, a good southern bell never uses profanity…OOPS!
Yes, we are having dinner in the bed of a truck, barefoot
5.BUGGY- You are probably asking yourself, “what is she saying?”. A buggy is simply a shopping cart that you would use at a grocery store. The term probably stems from the horse and buggy days. The buggies would carry your grocery order home for you.
6.AIN’T- This word is now in the dictionary, I kid you not. We southerners love this term. It means, I am not going to do that. Who has the time to say all that? I mean, we have sweet tea and fried chicken to make before our husbands get home. SO JUST KIDDING! We all don’t sit around drinking tea and eating fried chicken, and I sure as hell don’t wait for the hubs to get home, I have a career too!
7.WERE YOU RAISED IN A BARN? – I don’t personally use this one but my dad and grandparents have said this to me too many times as a kid. It is a classic. If you leave the door open or forget to close it behind you, you may be told this phrase. The weather is usually mild enough for farmers to keep their barn doors open year-round. Hence, if you were raised in a barn you wouldn’t be used to closing doors behind you. Southerners are also known for their neighborliness. It is not uncommon to leave your door unlocked, on a lazy summer day, for your relatives to drop by as they want. Not recommended!
8.CAN’T NEVER COULD– Can’t pronounced CAIN’T, here. Basically, people who always say they can’t do something never will achieve their dreams. A reminder to stay positive and persevere. I rather like this one.
9.CAR NOTE– I have had coworkers from the North East and Midwest whom had no idea what I was saying when I said, “I have to pay my car note this month”. A car note is your car payment. Whether you have a truck, Jeep, Honda accord, minivan, or tractor, it is always referred to as a car note.
10.CAN’T CARRY A TUNE IN A BUCKET- “Whoa, that girl can’t carry a tune in a bucket”. This means you cannot sing. Like, the echo from inside the bucket cannot even help you, bless your heart.
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- On another note, just because we call you honey, sweetie, or sweetheart does NOT mean we are flirting with you. We are just sweet as honey. LOL
- Southerners never meet a stranger, we are incapable. We speak to EVERYONE. If you’re visiting the South, speak back, we only want to know your life story and how your day is going! haha Really, we just want to extend some good ‘ole southern hospitality to you and make you feel welcomed. We want you to enjoy our piece of Heaven on Earth as much as we do.
- Not all Southerners voted for Trump and we sure as hell don’t want that damn wall.
- We don’t call every soda, Coke. We call it what it is: Pepsi, Sprite, Coke, Diet coke, etc.
- We are not all high school dropouts. Most of us have college degrees and some even have graduate degrees, like myself. While the older generation may not have finished high school, that is no longer the norm.
- Most Southern women are putting their careers first, these days. We aren’t getting married at 18 and popping out 5 kids by the age of 22. For those who choose to do so, more power to them, it is their choice after all.
- College football is the heartbeat of the South. While we watch Pro ball, we can give a rat’s ass about it. ROLL TIDE!!
- Lastly, grits should NOT have sugar added to them. They are meant to be savory, add butter and salt!
I hope this was an enjoyable read about how American Southerners say the Darnedest Things. I also hope it provided you with insight of my homeland and common phrases southerners say. I am proud to be a Southerner and would love to have you down for a visit anytime! “Ya’ll come back now you hear!” (JK, We don’t actually say that). If it is your first time to the USA, check out this wanderer’s post about things you should know before you travel here!
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