Southern Sayings


Over the years I have found when you travel people love to hear you talk if you have an accent that is different from their own, especially if they think its funny. First of all everyone has an accent of some sort and if you think I sound funny just imagine what you sound like to me! Now in every region you have those sayings or words that is apart of your regional dialect and here are some that I and my own family use. Some will have an explanation but some should make since ask if you need to! Also a lot of people leave the g’s off of words. So apparently I have a pretty thick accent according to my boyfriend I don’t hear it but you know I’m bias!

  1. Bless your heart (this can be sincere or an inslut)
  2. Bless your pea pickin’ heart (see above also saying there ugly to depending on use)
  3. Barking up the wrong tree. (you are wrong)
  4. Caught with your pants down.
  5. Go hog wild
  6. Gone hog wild
  7. Got your feathers ruffled. (upset and pouting)
  8. Rufflin’ some feathers (causing trouble)
  9. Like a bump on a log. (lazy and doing nothing)
  10. Stomping grounds. (familiar territory)
  11. Playing opossum
  12. Smokehouse (this can literally be used for smoking meat or it can just be a hang out for old men like a cellar)
  13. Do-hickey- substitute name. Like the terms whata-ma-call-it or thinga-ma-jig
  14. white lighting (moonshine)
  15. Shiner (one who makes moonshine)
  16. hollar (hollow)
  17. creek (we go not pronounce is like northerns its cre–ee-k down here and you will get laughed at saying any other way)
  18. Y’all or Ya’ll (more than two people)
  19. Holler like a stuck pig/ hog
  20. Horse feathers (one of days favorite instead of cussing)
  21. If a bullfrog had wings, he wouldn’t bump his ass when he jumped. (resulted from our saying IF too much)
  22. root hog or die (now my family always said this about getting food during family gatherings lol)
  23. slower then molasses
  24. Finer than frogs hair (doing well)
  25. like a chicken with its head cut off
  26. Well butter my biscuit (excited over something)
  27. Its like arguing with a fence post (stubbron, ain’t worth the time)
  28. Ain’t (in place of isn’t)
  29. rode hard and put up dry (rough looking)
  30. I declare (this can be in how its said: surprised, sarcastic, place filler if you ain’t got nothing better to say)
  31. been beat with an ugly stick
  32. meaner than a box of snakes
  33. well, I never
  34. Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room of rocking chairs
  35. Can’t carry a tune in a bucket
  36. living above their raisin’ (acting better than they are)
  37. sight for sore eyes
  38. once in a blue moon
  39. if you can’t run with the big dogs then stay on the porch
  40. Down yonder
  41. Up the creek (describing where your doing)
  42. prettier than a speckled pup
  43. slicker than snot
  44. that’ll burn your whiskers
  45. to big for his britches
  46. campaign liquor (moonshine)
  47. backer (tobacco)
  48. Yeller (yellow)
  49. Yeller bellied lily liver coward
  50. Poke (bag)
  51. supper (dinner)
  52. dinner (lunch)
  53. Why, no! (why, no I havent heard for her in years)
  54. tighter than tree bark (cheap)
  55. Old bitty (hateful women)
  56. Bitty (baby chick or hateful women)
  57. she’d stop a clock (ugly)
  58. Madder than a wet hen
  59. wilder than coons
  60. beat me like a dog

Terms of endearment

  • honey
  • sugar
  • sweetie pie
  • sweet heart
  • sissy (sister)
  • darlin’
  • sweetie
  • flossy
  • flossy may
  • tumble weed
  • pumpkin
In the south we know how to make an endearment sound like an inslut so always pay attention to how its said!

Know any I missed that you’d like to see on here let me know!

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