Why say in one or two words what you can say in six or eight, right? The way we talk can often be colorful. That’s what makes us…us! Here are some of my favorite Southern sayings. Which ones you like the best? Which ones should I write about next? Let me know!
Small towns are notorious for it. It can spread faster than a pat of butter on a hot biscuit. It can be funny or hurtful, … Continue reading Between You, Me, and the Fence Post
Pigs are popular in the South, both on our farms and on our plates. The poor vegetarian is hard pressed to find so much as … Continue reading From Snoot to Tail: Here are all the idioms about pigs!
It’s not the heat it’s the damned humidity! You hear that plenty down here in the South. And it’s true! Our close proximity to the … Continue reading Am I in Hell or is it just summertime?
I keep a list. Written in pen on paper. Plus, I have a spreadsheet. Once I started collecting the Southern sayings, I couldn’t stop! My … Continue reading There’s more than one way to skin a cat
Wednesday is Valentine’s Day. It’s a time to profess your never ending love for your significant other. Or maybe you’re trying to woo that special … Continue reading A Dozen Ways to Say “I Love You” — Southern Style
I love to use idioms in my everyday speech. It livens things up. Makes the things you say more interesting. Catches dull people off guard. … Continue reading Up a creek without a pot, a window, or a dog
A bout with a sinus infection, fever, bronchitis, and all the yuck that goes along with being sick has me thinking about Southern sayings again. … Continue reading Sick as a dog and other Southern sayings for when you feel like poo
“Come here and let me hug your neck!” That’s what you’re are apt to hear in the south when you meet someone you haven’t seen … Continue reading I haven’t seen you in a month of Sundays!
When Sonny was in grammar school they taught him that “stupid” was a bad word. I agree. You absolutely should not walk up to someone … Continue reading You’re as dumb as a sack of hammers
The big day is here. A time to gather with family and friends, break bread together, and count our many blessings. And maybe learn a … Continue reading I’m so hungry my stomach thinks my throat’s been cut
Southerners love to cut a rug — that means to “dance” so much you wear holes in the rug. From buck dancing to the Virginia … Continue reading You’ve got to dance with who brung you
Southerners “believe more in the reality of Satan than in the reality of God.”* These words were written by Episcopal bishop of Arkansas Robert R. … Continue reading Speak the truth and shame the devil
If football is the religion of the South, then it’s only natural that we get a few proverbs from its playbook. Since it’s Saturday, here … Continue reading We just stepped on their face with a hobnailed boot!
Personification. That’s what you call it when you assign human characteristics to inanimate objects. It’s also the root of two of my favorite idioms and … Continue reading The pot, the kettle, and the coffee
Every old crow thinks hers is the blackest. This idiom is most commonly a statement of parental pride. Every parent thinks their child is the … Continue reading Every old crow thinks hers is blackest
A cat will suck the very breath out of a baby and kill it. No, wait. If a cat jumps over a grave, the occupant … Continue reading Nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs
I have idioms for my idioms. This thought occurred to me this morning while I was in the shower. That’s where I do my best … Continue reading Too poor to paint and too proud to whitewash
Southerners won’t hesitate for a minute to comment on someone’s appearance. Yes, we know it’s rude. That’s why we’ll spare your feelings by talking about … Continue reading All the things you’re not supposed to say
Yardbirds are about as common in southern speech as they are on the Sunday dinner table, so just between us chickens, here are a few … Continue reading If I tell you a chicken dips snuff…
If you want to talk the idiomatic talk of a southerner, you must embrace the simile. Now in elementary school grammar we all learned that … Continue reading Crooked as a barrel of black snakes
Talking with a Southerner can be an entertaining, albeit sometimes confusing, venture. We love to be colorful. We delight in our colloquialisms. After all, why … Continue reading She’s gone to the dogs – or – Canine colloquialisms of the Deep South