A Guide to Southern English
Didn't grow up in the south? Have no clue what we're saying half the time? No worries! My Guide to Southern English is here to help.
If you ever decide to take a trip down here, be prepared to misunderstand everything you hear. Many laughs come from those misunderstandings, but if you want to fit in, ditch the northern accent and use those idioms! How's that for ya, "eh?"
Bless your heart = This can be good or bad. Assume bad. We're making fun of you.
Yuns = Variation of y'all. Less people - y'all. More people - yuns. Simple.
Fixin' tuh = I'm about to...
As all get out = This is as extreme as something can get. Just put it at the end of a sentence and you're good to go.
Fire = Pronounced "far." Same with wire, buyer, and tire. The 'i' is an 'a.'
It doesn't amount
to a hill of beans = It doesn't amount to much.
Hold your horses = Hang on for just a second. Let's not put the wagon before the horse.
Over yonder = Over there...somewhere
I reckon = I suppose, I think
Tan your hide = If you hear this, you're about to get a spanking, and you probably picked out your own switch (stick used for spanking).
Holler = Tell me if you need me OR a place that sits at the bottom of a big hill
Oil = Pronounced "ol." Same with foil, boil, and soil. The 'i' is always silent.
Honey = Sure, we put it on our biscuits, but we mainly use it for introductions. "Hey, Emma, how are ya?" "Well, honey, I'm as good as I can be." You can even use "hun" as a shortcut for this one.
Thing-a-ma-jig = I don't know what it's called, so I'll call it a thing-a-ma-jig.
Now you're good to go. As long as you don't fully enunciate your i's, you'll be dubbed a true southerner!...as long as no one finds out you're a Yankee, of course. And, honey, there's plenty more where all of that came from.
Until next time,