Some people may say that Southerners have their own language. This might be true and you might need an explanation of what some of our sayings mean. I have created a list of my 12 favorite Southern sayings just for you! If you’re new to the South, you’re going to enjoy knowing what these mean now. If you’re from the South, this will be a good reminder of some of the best sayings we have!
12 Southern Sayings
1. “Boy howdy!”- This is a great one because it has multiple meanings. First, it can simply be a greeting, much like, “Hello,” or, “Howdy.” This phrase can also be an expression of being pleasantly surprised. For instance, if you find out that your family is making a surprise visit to town, you’d say, “Boy howdy,” when they told you.
2. “Bless your heart”- We have all heard this one at some point in our lives, but do you know what it means? Sometimes it is used in a genuine way and it means, “I am so sorry that you’re going through this.” Other times it can be used in a passive aggressive way, which is the one I love 🙂 Basically, it means, “How could you be so clueless?”
3. “I’m nervous as a long-tail cat in a rocking chair factory”- I just recently discovered this one and I love it. The meaning of this one is simple in that rocking chairs and cats do not mix. You would be nervous, too, if you had a long tail that could be crushed by a rocking chair!
4. “Girls don’t sweat, they glisten”- My aunt used to say this to me all the time when I was little because I genuinely hated sweating. I still say this one today because sweating is gross, but glistening is much better 🙂
5. “Cattywompus”- This is a classic Southern saying. It means that something is all messed up, broken, or crooked. An example would be, “That picture frame is cattywompus.”
6. “He’s hen-pecked”- Basically, if a man has an overly-controlling wife, he is believed to be “hen-pecked.”
7. “Fuller than a tick”- It never fails that this will be said at any large family meal. The most popular times this phrase is used is on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, because we eat so much!
8. “Lord willin'”- This one means that if God has it planned for us, then it will happen. I don’t use this one much, but I’m going to start, Lord willin’.
9. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”- I use this one daily because people need to learn how to leave stuff alone.
10. “I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”- How cute is this one? It just means that someone loves you very much. I will definitely have this everywhere in my house one day.
11. “Barking up the wrong tree”- This one means you’re fighting for a lost cause and you need to move on.
12. “Preachin’ to the choir”- Basically, if you are in the church choir, then you’re already a believer and you already know the word, so you don’t need to be convinced of anything. When someone already agrees with you, you don’t need to waste your time trying to convince them to see your side.
What Are Yours?
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