Funny Southern Sayings, Expressions, and Slang

Whatcha gonna do when the crick runs dry?
Whatcha gonna do when the crick runs dry? | Source

Translating Southern Sayings

As a transplanted Yankee living in the South, I am often surprised and amazed by the colorful Southern things I hear. Of course, there are the good old standbys we all know and love, like "y'all" and "down yonder." But the richness of Southern speech goes far beyond one or two-word expressions and there's a Southern expression for every occasion.

While their images and colloquialisms tickle the funny bone, Southern expressions usually convey exactly what the speaker intended. No one can mistake the intent and meaning of "I'm going to jerk a knot in your tail!" On the other hand, there are some Southernisms that it might take a Yankee like me years to figure out without a translator.

For example, here is an expression I've never ever heard above the Mason-Dixon line: "That possum's on the stump!" (Translation: That's as good as it gets!)

Or this one: "His heart is a thumpin' gizzard." (Translation: He's cold-hearted and cruel.)

Whether you are from another part of the country or from another country altogether, I hope you enjoy this collection of Southern sayings.

Pitching a hissy fit.
Pitching a hissy fit. | Source

When a Southerner Gets Angry:

  • He's got a burr in his saddle.
  • His knickers are in a knot.
  • She's having a hissy fit.
  • She has a hissy fit with a tail on it. (When she’s more pissed off.)
  • He has a duck fit. (One step above a hissy fit.)
  • She has a dying duck fit. (Translation: Run and hide!)

Southern Sayings About Bad Character:

  • You're lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut.
  • He's slicker'n owl sh*t.
  • She’s meaner than a wet panther.
  • He's a snake in the grass.
  • Why, that egg-suckin' dawg!

When Southerners Are Busy:

  • I been running all over hell's half acre.
  • She's busier than a cat covering crap on a marble floor.
  • I'm as busy as a one-legged cat in a sandbox.
  • Busier than a moth in a mitten!

Running like a headless chicken.
Running like a headless chicken. | Source

Southern Sayings About Conceit and Vanity:

  • She's so stuck up, she'd drown in a rainstorm.
  • She’s stuck up higher than a light-pole.
  • She has her nose so high in the air she could drown in a rainstorm.
  • He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.

(Most of these comments are made about women. Apparently, Southern men are not stuck up.)

Southern Expressions About Being Cheap:

  • He squeezes a quarter so tight the eagle screams.
  • He's tighter than a bull’s ass at fly time.
  • Tighter than a flea’s ass over a rain barrel.
  • He’s so cheap he wouldn’t give a nickel to see Jesus ridin’ a bicycle.

Southern Phrases About Being Broke or Poor:

  • Too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash.
  • I'm as poor as a church mouse.
  • I'm so poor I can't afford to pay attention.
  • He was so poor, he had a tumbleweed as a pet.
  • I couldn’t buy a hummingbird on a string for a nickel.
  • I’m so poor I couldn’t jump over a nickel to save a dime.
  • He doesn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.

Too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash.
Too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash.

Dressed Too Scantily? They Will Say:

  • Those pants were so tight I could see her religion.
  • You're gonna have old and new-monia dressed like that!
  • Lawd, people will be able to see to Christmas!
  • Law, pull that down! We kin see clear to the promised land!

Southerners Experiencing a Drought Might Say:

  • It's so dry the trees are bribing the dogs.
  • I swan, you all musta pissed God off somehow. It’s drier than a popcorn fart ‘round these parts. (Translation: Ya got me... I don't know what a popcorn fart is!)

Confused? In the South, They Might Say:

  • He doesn't know whether to check his ass or scratch his watch.
  • He couldn't find his ass with both hands in his back pockets.
  • He's about as confused as a fart in a fan factory.
  • She's lost as last year's Easter egg.

(As we Yankees say, "These people don't know which way is up.")

Well, that just DILLS my PICKLE!
Well, that just DILLS my PICKLE!

Southerners Know Happiness When They See It:

  • He's as happy as if he had good sense.
  • Happier than ol' Blue layin' on the porch chewin' on a big ol' catfish head.
  • Happy as a dead pig in the sunshine. (Translation: Apparently pretty happy.)
  • Grinnin' like a possum eatin' a sweet tater.
  • Well that just dills my pickle.

Expressions About Laziness:

  • Won't hit a lick at a snake. (Translation: So lazy he wouldn’t chase a snake away.)
  • He's about as useful as a steering wheel on a mule.

Colloquialisms for Unmentionables:

"Over-the-shoulder boulder holders." (Translation: A very large bra.)

Over-the-shoulder boulder holder?
Over-the-shoulder boulder holder?

Irritation Brings Out Some Creative Southern Expressions:

  • She gets my goose.
  • He just makes my ass itch!
  • Yankees are like hemorrhoids: Pain in the butt when they come down and always a relief when they go back up.
  • That would make a bishop mad enough to kick in stained glass windows.
  • She could make a preacher cuss!
  • She could piss off the pope.
  • If you don't stop that crying, I'll give you something to cry about!
  • She could start an argument in an empty house.
  • He's about as useless as a screen door on a submarine/a trapdoor on a canoe.
  • That makes about as much sense as tits on a bull.
  • Quit goin' around your ass to get to your elbow.

Colorful Southern Expressions About Liars:

  • Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's rainin'!
  • Don't pee down my back and tell me it's raining.
  • That dog won't hunt.
  • You're lyin' like a no-legged dog!
  • If his lips's movin', he's lyin'.
  • You’d call an alligator a lizard.
  • That man is talking with his tongue out of his shoe.
  • He's as windy as a sack full of farts.

(The most creative expression about liars I've heard in the North is "Lying like a rug." Southerners have much more colorful ways of accusing a liar.)

Southernisms About Stupidity:

  • If that boy had an idea, it would die of loneliness.
  • The porch light's on, but no one's home.
  • He's only got one oar in the water.
  • If brains were leather, he wouldn't have enough to saddle a junebug.
  • He's so dumb, he could throw himself on the ground and miss.
  • He hasn't got the sense God gave a goose.
  • When the Lord was handin' out brains, that fool thought God said trains, and he passed 'cause he don't like to travel.
  • His brain rattles around like a BB in a boxcar.
  • There's a tree stump in a Louisiana swamp with a higher IQ.
  • So dumb he couldn't pour piss out of a boot with the instructions written on the heel.
  • He don't know s**t from shinola. (Now this one I've heard in New Jersey....)
  • If his brains were dynamite, he couldn’t blow his nose.

He is so dumb, he could throw himself on the ground and miss.
He is so dumb, he could throw himself on the ground and miss.

Surprised Southerners Might Come Out With This:

These are probably some of my very favorites!

  • Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit.
  • Well, slap my head and call me silly!
  • You little cotton-picker!

When Something Smells Really Bad, a Southerner Says:

  • He smelled bad enough to gag a maggot.
  • Something smells bad enough to knock a dog off a gut wagon.

If You Hear These Southern Expressions, You Better Watch Out:

Either somebody's in real trouble, or there's a fight brewing if you hear...

  • I'm gonna cut your tail!
  • I’m gonna jerk her bald!
  • Keep it up and I'll cancel your birth certificate.
  • I am going to jerk a knot in your tail.
  • You don’t know dip sh** from apple butter!
  • Me-n-you are gonna mix.
  • You don't watch out, I'm gonna cream yo' corn.
  • You better give your heart to Jesus, 'cause your butt is mine.
  • I'll slap you to sleep, then slap you for sleeping.
  • I’m gonna tan your hide.
  • I'll knock you into the middle of next week looking both ways for Sunday!
  • I'll knock you so hard you'll see tomorrow today.

I'm going to jerk a knot in your tail.
I'm going to jerk a knot in your tail.

Southern Expressions for Speed (Fast or Slow):

  • Faster than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking competition.
  • Faster than green grass through a goose.
  • Faster than a hot knife through butter.
  • Slower than a Sunday afternoon.
  • You took as long as a month of Sundays.
  • We're off like a herd of turtles.
  • He ran like a scalded haint. (I don't know what a "haint" is, but apparently a scalded one can run really fast!)
  • It happened faster than a knife fight in a phone booth.

Ugly or Looking Bad?

Now these are really unkind, but funny as heck!

  • He's so ugly, he didn't get hit with the ugly stick, he got whopped with the whole forest!
  • He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
  • So ugly she’d make a freight train take a dirt road.
  • So ugly he’d scare a buzzard off a gut pile.
  • She's so ugly I'd hire her to haunt a house!
  • If I had a dog as ugly as you, I'd shave his butt and make him walk backwards.
  • She is so ugly, her face would turn sweet milk to clabber.

When the ugliness is just temporary:

  • I feel like I've been chewed up and spit out.
  • I feel like I been 'et by a wolf and sh** over a cliff.
  • He looks like ten miles of bad road.
  • You look like you've been rode hard and put up wet!

When Southerners Are Well Fed, They Are:

  • Fat as a tick.

If he were an inch taller, he'd be round.
If he were an inch taller, he'd be round.

Southern Observations About Weight:

  • He's so skinny, if he stood sideways and stuck out his tongue, he'd look like a zipper.
  • She's so skinny, you can't even see her shadow.
  • She's spread out like a cold supper.
  • If he were an inch taller, he'd be round.

Of the Wealthy:

  • Sh**tin’ in high cotton.
  • He's richer'n Croesus.
  • He's so rich he buys a new boat when he gets the other one wet.

A Hungry Southerner Says:

  • I'm so hungry my belly thinks my throat's been cut.
  • I could eat the north end of a south-bound polecat.
  • I'm so hungry I could eat the north end of a south-bound goat.

Colorful Expressions About the Weather:

Like some of the other Southern phrases, a few of these might not be appropriate in mixed company.

  • Colder than a well digger's butt in January.
  • It was colder than a witch's tit in a brass bra.
  • That rain was a real frogwash.
  • It rained like a cow pissin' on a flat rock.
  • Hotter than blue blazes.
  • It's colder than a penguin's balls.
  • It’s hotter than two rabbits screwin’ in a wool sock!
  • It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a pool table.
  • Colder than a banker's heart on foreclosure day at the widows' and orphans' home.
  • It's been hotter'n a goat's butt in a pepper patch.
  • It's cold enough to freeze the tit off a frog.
  • It is hotter than a jalapeño's coochie.

All-Purpose Southern Expressions We Couldn't Do Without:

  • Y'all.
  • All y'all.
  • Down yonder.
  • Bless your pea-pickin' little heart!
  • Kiss my go-to-hell.

  • I wouldn't walk across the street to piss on him if he was on fire.
  • If you can't run with the big dogs, stay under the porch.
  • Why so sad? Did Chevrolet stop makin’ trucks?
  • Deep in the South where sushi is still called bait.
  • He's about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
  • That sticks in your throat like a hair in a biscuit.
  • You’re so fulla s**t your eyes are brown.
  • He was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.
  • He couldn't carry a tune if he had a bucket with a lid on it.

The Southern word for "sushi" is "bait."
The Southern word for "sushi" is "bait."

Southern Slang

Part of Speech
bread basket
His bread basket is bigger than a bread basket, if you know what I mean.
HIs britches are so tight they make his legs look like hot dogs.
askew or awry; cockeyed
The storm knocked the clothes on the clothesline all cattywampus!
go get/good looking
I'm gonna fetch me the most fetching filly I can find.
getting ready
I'm fixin' to fix the porch door after I finish this sweet tea.
gussied up
dressed up; fancy
She's so gussied up you'd think it was a beauty contest.
verb or noun
hunger or yearning
I have a hankerin' for biscuits and gravy.
fancy, pompous, or pretentious
He's so highfalutin' he thinks his sh*t tastes like sherbet.
a small amount
I can't hear a lick with all this hooplah.
adjective or verb
fiddling, puttering, or pottering around
Quit your piddlin' and get to work!
entirely, completely
She's plumb crazy.
a disturbance or commotion
He made such a ruckus he woke the possums.
run away; hurry
You better skedaddle before you get caught!
haughty, arrogant
He's so uppity he deserves a PhD in snobbery.
whip or beat
I'm gonna whup you where the sun don't shine!

Southern Expression Poll

How many of these southern sayings have you heard?

  • I'm from the South, so I've heard darn near all of them!
  • A few, but most are new to me.
  • Do people below the Mason Dixon line speak a whole new language?
See results without voting
Did she just fall off the turnip truck?
Did she just fall off the turnip truck?

That's All She Wrote...

Well, that's all she wrote, y'all. I've looked all over hell and half of Georgia to find the best and funniest Southern sayings for all y'all, and I sure hope they tickled you as much as they tickled me.

And if y'all have any more fine Southern sayings, well, bless yer pea pickin' hearts, just let 'er rip, tater chip, and jot them down in the comments section below. I'm just happier than a dead pig in sunshine to have all y'all visiting me here today and taking the time to sit awhile and share your thoughts.

If you enjoyed this, be sure to visit "More Funny Southern Sayings and Southernisms from Readers."

Copyright ©2015 Stephanie Henkel

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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Ha! Ha! As a Yankee who loves the south and spends a lot of time there I found this not only funny, but useful.

I also loved your fun photos! LOL

Thanks for sharing this. Voted up, useful, funny and interesting.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

What a great read! Lots of these are familiar, as my father's family roots are in West Virginia and Kentucky. I can hear my grandmother say to me, clear as a bell even though she's been gone for many years, "Bless her little heart," without the pea-picking. :) Up, funny, interesting.

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Lilleyth 4 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

Having lived in both North and South Carolina I got a big kick out of this Hub. I recall the first experience where I wasn't sure what the person was telling me. It was at the Winn Dixie or Piggly Wiggly, can't remember which now, but someone mentioned my "buggy" and I had to stop and think for a moment before I realized they were talking about my shopping cart! My hubby is from North Carolina and I've noticed that southern people are never direct about anything, if they want something they just can't bring themselves to ask you for it straight out."Honey Bunny, do you still have that headache?"... Also, the Civil War is far from over down there, so don't ever ask for directions if you the GPS was invented by a Yankee who ended up in Possum Hollow 45 miles from Atlanta.

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hilarious-from one transplanted Yankee to another...

OMG, Stephie-seriously? I just had this conversation with a neighbor that happens to come from Ohio, but went to school at U of M. We got to talking (that's 'talkn') 'bout the words, the phraseology, etc. so this really hit a cord for me today, haha.

Here are a few additional: 'ill' (first time I heard that I thought someone was in poor health.

'carry' --images of me actually lifting someone into my car and driving them to the store ran thru my mind.

'tea'--better specify you want hot water and a tea bag (and be prepared to bring your own individual tea bag) b/c you'll get a serving of sweet tea-which is the regions main beverage, btw.

'knee' baby, - name for a toddler, which goes along with the other age grps which I don't recall at the moment.

It is amusing, in a very loving way. One only has to live here long enough to truly appreciate the differences in an a most endearing way.

Thanks for the chuckle this morning. Well done and rated up/funny (where is that HILARIOUS button?)

Oh-one last comment (long winded as I am, haha) LOVE the photos and your enthusiasm in them. Glad to know hubby is a good sport with it all. That's a wonderful attribute and saving characteristic in a marriage!

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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

As a southerner, I think you have done a great job of learning the language and writing a primer for the hordes of Yankees bound to follow. Oh yeah, you probably want to know if I voted up and all across.

Is a five pound robin fat?

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is adorable. I too am a transplanted yankee. It took some time to get used to some of the local jargon as you have described. My favorites are, "she is as smart as a bag of hammers", and it "is hotter than two rats f%$^**(&^ in a wool sock. It is so colorful. This was very entertaining!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Gail,

Well, it has taken me awhile to learn some of the southern language...I still have to stop and think about the "buggy" in the grocery store and "mashing the button" on the elevator. I'm sure you've come across many unique expressions in your time in the south.

Glad you enjoyed our photos. We actually took them several years ago as a joke to send to a friend of ours, and they just seemed to fit right in here. Thanks for stopping in to visit a spell. :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Sally's Trove - It's interesting to hear that a lot of these sayings are familiar to you as I did wonder how common some of these southern expressions are. Bless your li'l pea pickin' heart for stopping in to comment and vote!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Well, bless your pea-pickin' heart for writing this. :-) I guess I'm not far south enough (Arkansas), as I haven't heard a lot of these. I have heard some. I have used "running around like a chicken with its head cut off." I used to watch chickens do that when I was a kid on the farm. My dad would chop off their heads and they'd run around madly for a while. Then my mom would put them in the boiling water, where she could eventually take their feathers off. Sorry. Just had to tell that story. Neat hub! Many votes!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Lilleyth - Hahaha...yes, I've been puzzled a few times by some of the expressions I've heard here in North Carolina. One of the other big differences is the common practice of calling everyone "honey", "baby doll", "dear" and "sweetie." Coming from a college town in the Northeast, those common endearments are unheard of when speaking to strangers!

Loved your comment about asking for directions! I still hesitate, not because I think I'll get the wrong directions, but because I often have trouble figuring out exactly what was said. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Denise, reminded me of a few I missed! The first time I heard someone ask if I'd "carry Miss Lucy to the luncheon", I was speechless. It took me a few minutes to figure out that I was to give Miss Lucy a ride to the luncheon. I haven't heard the expression "knee baby" yet, but love it! It's so much sweeter than "rug rat!"

Glad you enjoyed the pictures...Bill is a great sport and will often throw himself wholeheartedly into my crazy schemes. These pictures were actually taken as a joke for some friends of ours, but I like the picture so much that I have a framed copy in our living room.

Thanks so much for your comment and for sharing some of your experiences as a transplanted Yankee!

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alissaroberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

Love it! Being born and raised in TN, I have heard many of these sayings. Heck I have used a few of them too! :) My cousins from Indiana often tell me and my sister they feel they need an interpreter to have a conversation with us (our southern accent is about as thick as it gets!) Great hub and thanks for the laugh!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

WD Curry - Well, I'm so glad to hear from some true southerners here! It's true that hordes of Yankees are probably getting ready to move south even as we write.

Am I glad this meets with your approval...does a bear sh*t in the woods? (Just thought I'd throw in a Yankee expression here for a change.)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Tammyswallow,

Hmmm...hadn't come across the expression about the rats in a wool sock, yet. Yes, definitely colorful!

I'm so glad you stopped by and that my hub gave you some smiles!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Victoria Lynn,

Some of these expressions may be regional, but I think the "Chicken without a head" is pretty common. Oh, and thanks so much for sharing your childhood experience with that! I too remember seeing chickens getting their heads chopped off, but it was my Mom who did the deed. Women were tough back then!

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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I understood all these here sayings. They make perfect sense to me. You'uns just don't understand the South. They almost threw me out of California for using You'uns.

Great Hub fun read.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Alissaroberts,

Well, being from Tennessee, you could probably add a few more authentic southern expressions to my list! I laughed at your comment about your cousins needing an interpreter as I sometimes feel that way myself, especially when speaking to someone with a thick southern accent on the phone. It can get pretty funny.

Thanks so much for stopping in to comment on my hub. Glad it made you smile!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Moonlake,

It's true, I'm still learning about the South! You'uns take a little gettin' used to! I'm sure you've brought some interesting new expressions to the people of California! Thanks for for your comment, sweetie!

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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

That would be "ya'll". Its okay. I figure if enough Yankees move down here, we can finally get good pizza.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

WD Curry - Yeah, ya'll sure could use some good pizza and bagels, too! :)

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Oh this is hysterical. I have just laughed my head off over these. (Norhtern saying?) I am definitely a northern gal even though I'm now living in Florida.

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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Thanks for this hilarious hub, I live in California, but I spent the first 10 years of my life in Louisiana, and my mom's from Texas. One of her favorites sayings is "You're slower than cream rising on buttermilk." It never fails to get a double-take, and usually she has to go on to explain that cream doesn't rise on buttermilk. Voting up an funny, and sharing this one.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Susettenaples - The funny thing is I tried to think of some northern sayings that people might find funny, and I couldn't. Are we Yankees just boring, or can't we see the trees for the forest? ...or something like that... Thanks so much for stopping in to read. Glad this gave you a chuckle!

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

I think the south is just more colorful than the north. May be because we say our northern sayings all the time we don't find them funny. Most of the southern sayings I have never heard before. I would have no idea what they meant if you hadn't translated for us. LOL. Enjoy the south!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Suzettenaples - Perhaps you're right, the south is more colorful than the north, and I do enjoy it!

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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Hi Stephanie,

I am from the South, and I have not heard a lot of these


However, I was not allow to use slang, as per my mother and grandmother--but I had an aunt that said, "Kiss my grits."

Your hub was funny and I bet my great aunt heard and said her share of Southern slang.

Thanks for sharing,


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

PurvisBobbi44 - I can't believe I forgot "Kiss my grits!" I do love that one! I can see why your mother and grandmother wouldn't want you to use some of these southern expressions...there are quite a few that aren't very ladylike! But they're fun anyway! Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Sherry Hewins,

I've never heard the expression about being slower than cream rising on buttermilk. I would have to think about that for a while as it's been a VERY long time since I had any buttermilk! :) Thanks so much for stopping by to share your anecdotes!

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gail641 4 years ago from Mason City

The southern sayings are really great, also funny. My brother and sister-in-law were in North Carolina (he was in the Marine Corps) and when he came back he sounded like he had a southern accent. I told him he sounded like Gomer Pyle. They were there for quite a few years I think. He said where they lived they called pop, Soda. Nice hub.

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I'm enjoying the comments almost as much as I'm enjoying your hub! hahaha

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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

That's so good it "makes me wanna slap my mamma". Thanks for sharing! I got a good laugh out of it! I am a Yankee living in the south.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Denise - So am I! :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Gail641 - The "soda" and "pop" thing is so regional. I grew up calling it soda, and "pop" sounds o.k. to me, too. I do get confused when the term "cola" or "coke" is used generically for any flavor of soda. Thanks for stopping in to comment!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

FreezeFrame34 - Hahaha...some southern expressions I just will never quite get, but they're still funny! Glad you got a laugh out of this and thanks for visiting!

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FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

When I first moved to the south, an adolescent asked me, "How many churn you got?" I said," churn? like butter?" There was definitely a language barrier! BTW, at that time, I did not have any children.

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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

These were lots of fun to read. Thanks for the laughs!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

FreezeFrame - I think after a while we develop an ear for the different accent, and it's more easily understood. If you had "churn", they probably would have developed a southern accent! :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Timetraveler2 -Glad you enjoyed this collection of funny southern sayings! Thanks for commenting!

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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

Great list! I really love that first photo, too!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hello Heather - Glad you liked the photograph! We did it as a joke a few years ago, but it's become one of our favorite pictures! It was fun to be able to work it into this hub about funny southern sayings. Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

An old friend of mine used to say, "He ain't good lookin' but he sure is dumb."

BTW, a haint is a ghost down South.

Ya'll are fun!! Up and Funny/interesting!

I love these old sayings.

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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

OMG that gave me quite a chuckle this evening! Thanks so much for sharing those. I'd heard of some of them but certainly not all of them. What a fun list! Loved the photos too!

Marion 4 years ago

I just have to say as a Texas girl I was just reading these with my mom and we both just about fell out laughing. Over half of these I grew up with her saying and I say to this day, these are so true, thank you for reminding me of why I love being from the south.

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

xstatic - Ahh...a haint is a ghost, now it's making sense! :)

You gave me a smile, too! Thanks for coming by to read and comment!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Cardelean,

I'm still finding new southern sayings like the one above from xstatic. It's sure been interesting to learn more about the South! Thanks so much for stopping by to comment! Glad you got a chuckle out of my hub. :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Marion,

It must have been fun to laugh about these funny southern sayings with your Mom, especially when they've been part of your life! Thanks for sharing and commenting!

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I'm a lifelong southerner and haven't heard of most of these expressions. I guess I may be more Yankee than Dixie, after all. Great hub!

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Alecia,

These sayings are from all over the South and many are probably localized. You probably know a lot of sayings that I haven't listed! Thanks for stopping by to comment!

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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

As a "deep-fried Deep South southerner" (and an old one to boot)I've heard most of those, but my favorite has always been, "That dog won't hunt."

I wish I'd had the foresight to record my late grandmother's rural southern sayings when I had the opportunity...or at least before I got old myself and forgot many of them. One of her "all-purpose" southernisms was "Pshaw!" which served as an exclamation in many and diverse situations. I can almost hear her saying it now and see the expression on her face that went with it.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Contemporary southerners don't use many from your list these days. It will be a shame when language is so homogenized that regional sayings disappear.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi JayeWisdom,

I did forget "pshaw", didn't I? I didn't realize that you were a deep-fried southerner, but I do love that expression!

When I came across the saying, "That dog won't hunt", it did puzzle me--that's not something I've ever heard up North. Thanks so much for stopping in to share your memories and comments!

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