Southern Phrases

If you follow this blog, you know that I’m supposed to be taking a break from posting while I write a new book, but I need some help. But by the way, I’m halfway done as of today, so yeah! Of course, I’ll be rewriting lots from this first draft. In case your interested, the working title is Love at the Olive Orchard, and like I’ve said before, it takes place in a fictional South Georgia Town. As I’m writing, I find myself in desperate need of some great southern sayings.

I think we can all agree Southerner’s have the best way of turning a phrase, and I love to include the original ones in my stories. For example, my friend, Darryl,  recently commented at a pre-theatre dinner with the following phrase when describing a woman dancing. (don’t want you Northerners thinkin’ were not cultured down here.) Unnamed woman had more moves than a swiss army knife. Clearly, that is literary, and as soon as I could find a spot in one of my books, I stuck it in.

Now it’s your turn. Help me out. Comment below with your favorite Southern phrases. The more country (red neck) the better. Like we love to say in the South, we don’t hideaway our crazy. We set it in a rocker on the front porch and give it a glass of sweet tea.

Can’t wait to hear your suggestions.

5 Responses to “Southern Phrases

  • As a young girl, I often heard, “Well…just eat dirt and die.” That was one of the Southern phrases used when someone really doesn’t like a person.

  • Christa Crapps
    3 years ago

    Ain’t that somethin. (What to say when you’re not impressed, and “it” clearly isn’t something)
    Bless her heart.
    A fur piece- a far place
    Dadgummt. (Trying to not curse)
    Durn. (Also trying to not curse)
    Sweet as pie. (That little Libby is just as sweet as pie!)
    Y’all come back now, ya hear?
    Go dawgs. (This obnoxious bulldog fan cheer they say even when it’s not football season! Ha)
    My grandmother used to tell me, “Come on now, behave! Or I’ll jerk a knot” not sure where the knot should been- in my neck? Hair? I never messed around to find out, this meant business!
    Over yonder.
    No see ‘ums. (Those tiny flies at the beach that come out around dusk and bite like the dickens) 🙂
    Skeeters (mosquitoes)
    Ain’t worth a lick. (Worthless, and usually describes a person.)

  • Yes, yes. Thank you.

  • thanks. I’m always looking for a good, clean insult. ha, ha

  • Darby
    3 years ago

    When someone has had a big meal and are stuffed, I have heard the phrase “I am as full as a tick”.

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