Ramblin’ on about Southern Sayings Part 1

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Southerners have a unique way of expressing themselves.  They have developed a saying for almost any situation.  And, quite possibly, they make them up if there isn’t one to fit the circumstances.  The culture is rich in story telling and all Southerners love a good story which is why so many colorful sayings exist.  We tend to talk with metaphors and similes.  Why say it straightforward, when to say it metaphorically brings more depth and understanding?

Over the next couple of days, I’ll be sharing some of the more mainstream Southern sayings.  Doodlebug and I address the word,’fixin‘ along with some others today.  In fact, we about laughed ourselves silly re-watching it.  Enjoy!

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I’d be plumb tickled to death if you’d come back now, ya’ hear. : )

What colloquial sayings does your neck of the woods use?



“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds;” Deuteronomy 11:18a  NIV Bible

2 thoughts on “Ramblin’ on about Southern Sayings Part 1

  1. Okay, must share 2 things Ohians do:
    1. We drop our infinitives. “Floor needs vacuumed.” “The dishes need warshed.” (And yeah, it’s “warshed.”) it’s not uncommon to hear a central Ohion say something like “my car needs fixed before I drive to Warshington.”
    2. Very like your “Bless your heart,” we have, “You’re fine!” Usually used when you are apologizing for some minor thing like stepping in front of someone at a ball game to go to the bathroom. However, if your child is misbehaving, and you yell at him or make him apologize for, say, running into another shopper at the grocery store or spiining around in front of the waitress with a loaded tray or shrieking at the movies or what have you, people will say “Oh, he’s fiiiine” which means it’s really not “fine” at all. All in the inflection.

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