Many people think a “Southern Accent” is a southern accent..is a southern accent. This just isn’t true.
It’s just like we Southerners thinking that everyone from New York is from New York city.
A southerner can tell if someone is from North Carolina/South Carolina (coast or mountains), Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi. Florida wasn’t mentioned because of the large population of migrating seniors so it’s more of a melting pot.
Of course each state in the south has it ‘s own colloquialisms; and within each region of each state there are even more localized phrases that flow off the tongue like honey off’n a hot spoon.
Even within my family, there are many phrases and ways that we say things that just aren’t heard anywhere else. I’d like to share some of those with you. I do realize that most probably aren’t exclusive to my family.
So…., without further adieu (A Doo) I present some of the family sayings and mispronunciations that you will hear at the farm:
Pert Near – pretty close, pretty near, soon <and the like>
It’s comin up a cloud – There’s a lot of dark clouds over there
Dinner is lunch and Supper is ithe last meal of the day served in the evening
Do what now? – said after any type of list or instruction even if they have been understood
Fixin’ tuh – Getting ready to, about to
Mash it – to push or press <mash the button>
Cut it on, Cut on – turn it on, turn on <Cut on the light>
Hissy fit – something someone slings or throws when very angry <When he left her she slung one mo’ hissy fit>
Hussy, Huzzy – a strumpet; girl or woman that has what the speaker would consider to be loose morals; or if they just don’t like her or have much else to talk about
I rekin’ – I guess so; I suppose so
Warr – wire <I gotta fix that bobwarr fence>
Wharr – where
Lawsy – you say this breathlessly and is most often followed by ‘mercy’ “lawsy mercy” as a useful generic exclamation when surprised or dumfounded
Ink Pen – as opposed to a <straight or safety> pin
Fiddle-fart – depends on how used: (1) “Quit fiddle-farting around and get out here!” = wasting time (2) “Oh, fiddle fart.” = mild frustration
Stoved Up – constipated NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH… Swaged Up – swollen
Hussey – pronounced huh-zie a loose woman, or anyone acting in a way you consider not to be ladylike
Sherwer – shower
Arse – ass
Ax – ask
Bid’ness – business
Callonopy – colonoscopy
Herikin – hurricane
Idn’t – isn’t
Mu nin ci pal – municipal
Ortopsy – autopsy
Quar – queer timey meaning = odd/different> like “He’s sorta quar; but then, he IS a yankee.”
Pelvik – pelvis
Prolly – probably
nerry a’bit – not even a little bit
I swanee – polite Southerner’s use this instead of I swear!
That lil shit – blaming this one on my mom – who taught her grandchildren that Shit isn’t a cuss word – it’s just what you say when you are mad. So, the grandkids would come running into the house and say, “You know what that little shit <insert kid’s name here> did!?
I’ve shared some from my family, please share some of yours with me!