Friday, September 07, 2007

Speaking Southern

Well, you all know that Sally and I are good ol' Southern gals, so I thought I'd share a little of our Southern heritage by filling ya'll in on our brand of English.

Anyone who has any that I've omitted, let me know :)

AIM TO- plan to do
AIRISH- cold
BIGGITY- vain and overbearing
BITTY BIT- a small amount
CARRY ON- to carry on foolishness
CLODHOPPER- heavy work shoes or large shoes
CHUNK- throw
COW LICK- hair standing out on one's head
DIRECTLY- in a little while, or a couple of weeks
DIXIE- Southern States of the
FALLING OUT- disagreement
FEISTY- being frisky
FIXING TO- about to
HEY- hello
HOLD YOUR HORSES- (be patient)
HONEY- affectionate term
LAID UP- ill, hurt, unable to work
MUCH OBLIGED- thank you; hope to return the favor
PIDDLE- waste time, doing nothing
PLAYING POSSUM- playing dead
RECKON- think or supose so
SHINDIG- dance or celebration
WHITE LIGHTNING- moonshine whiskey
WORRY-WART- one who is annoying
YA'LL or Y'ALL (can be spelled both ways)- you all, two or more people

Ya'll have a good day now, hear?


Sally Painter said...

oh yeah, and that is the l'il list. (G)

In NC (and SC) we spell it ya'll. Texas and I think everywhere else spell it Y'all. Now why is that?

It was explained to me that Texans are saying you all whereas we are saying ya all.

I have to say ya'll, I've had people try and correct my apostrophe placement. But being a hussy, I just resist being force to conform. (VBG)

Susan said...

Weell Doggie,

Sally you just answered a question I've been wondering about with the y'all/ya'll thing. I've seen it spelt(is that a word)as y'all and thought maybe I've had it wrong...seeing as how spellcheck will flag it no matter how you spell it. I think I used to spell it ya'll and now I find myself using them both.

And another thing I was wondering, is the compartment in the rear of a vehicle called a trunk or boot? It's a 'boot' to me.

Ciana Stone said...

Susan, it's a trunk to us Southern gals - and a boot to my gal pals in the UK. I like trunk better. It fits the "junk in your trunk" saying.... "junk in your boot"? that doesn't work for me. Would have to be "bounty in your boot" (and then I'd think it meant paper towels!)

Happy Saturday!!!

Sally Painter said...

Nay, l'il lassie, Ci. That would be "loot in the boot".(eg)

Susan said...

LOL. Sometimes my yankee half confuses me...:)

Ciana Stone said...

Loot in the boot!!!! LMAO I love it!!

Julianne said...

Those were great, most could be figured out. Some lists aren't that clear.