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Learn to Speak 'Suthern!

So you think you can understand the locals 'cos you can speak English - think again..... here are some words you've never heard of before..........

Please email your contributions to us at  We would love to post them them up here........

Urinal (pron. you're - i- nil) as in "Urinal  lot of trouble!"

Innuendo as in "A bird flew Innuendo!"

Whidger- didger as in "Bring yer truck whidger-didger?"

Yoaant-ny? meaning "Do you want any?"

AM-a lance meaning Ambulance

Yo-Neet? meaning "Do you want to eat?"

Tel-u-WUT meaning "Listen to me!"

Rat-cheer meaning 'Right here'

Stay-rat-cheer meaning 'Don't move!'

Vi-EE-ners meaning small sausages as in Wieners

YUNG-un meaning a young child

Sebm-Lebm - as in the 'Seven Eleven' convenience store

I-moan as in "I-moan go to the sebm-lebm'

Yaw-rat? as in 'Are you alright?'

Wer-yat? as in Where are you?

Rinch - as in 'Rinse those clothes'

Shiv-alay - meaning Chevrolet

Thoo - as in 'I'm thoo with my homework - I'm done, finished'

Plum - as in 'I'm plum-tuckered out or very tired'

Furner - foreigner

Bee-hill - Shortened version of William, as in Bill

Friends vs Southern Friends

FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.

FRIENDS: Will say "hello".
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug.

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking,  laughing, and just being together.

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct  quotes from you.

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the  crowd is doing.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds'  back-ends that left you.

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, "I'm home!"

FRIENDS: Are for a while.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Are for life. 

Submitted by Gerald Baxter, Charlotte, NC

More fun stuff.....

ARE - pronoun.
Possessive case of “we” used as a predicate adjective.
BAHS - noun.
A supervisor.
Usage: “If you don’t stop reading these Southern words and git back to work, your bahs is gonna far you!”
BARD - verb.
Past tense of the infinitive “to borrow.”
Usage: “My brother bard my pickup truck.”
BEER - Noun.
All meals of the day
Usage: “I’m hungry, lets go eat... I think we are having beer.”
BOB WAR - noun.
A sharp, twisted cable.
Usage: “Boy, stay away from that bob war fence.”
DID - adjective.
Not alive.
Usage: “He’s did, Jim.”
EAR - noun.
A colorless, odorless gas (unless you are in Los Angeles).
Usage: “He cain’t breathe... give ’im some ear!”
FAR - noun.
A conflagration.
Usage: “If my brother from Jawjuh don’t change the oll in my pickup truck, that things gonna catch far.”
FARN - adjective.
Not local.
Usage: “I cuddint unnerstand a wurd he sed... must be from some farn country.”
GUMMIT - Noun.
A bureaucratic institution as in government.
Usage: “Them gummit boys shore are ignert.”
HAZE - a contraction.
Usage: “Is Bubba smart?” “Nah... haze ignert.”
HEIDI - noun.
HIRE YEW - Complete sentence.
Remainder of greeting.
Usage: “Heidi. Hire yew.”
JAWJUH - noun.
A state just north of Florida. Capital is Hot-lanta.
Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck.”
JEW HERE - Noun and verb contraction.
Usage: “Jew here that my brother from Jawjuh got a job with that bob war fence cump’ny?”
MUNTS - noun.
A calendar division.
Usage: “My brother from Jawjuh bard my pickup truck, and I ain’t herd from him in munts.”
RATS - noun.
Entitled power or privilege.
Usage: “We Southerners are willin’ to fat for are rats.”
RETARD - Verb.
To stop working.
Usage: “My grampaw retard at age 65.”
SEED - verb, past tense.
Usage: “Billy Joe ain't cummin to the perty... we seed him yesterdee at the bawrbawr shop.”
TARRED - adverb.
Usage: “I just flew in from Hot-lanta, and boy my arms are tarred.”
TIRE - noun.
A tall monument.
Usage: “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I sure do hope to see that Eiffel Tire in Paris sometime.”


Have you ever wondered about what it means when Moma's are askin the poutin' children, Who licked the red off your candy? or telling 'em I love you as much as the cat loves the cream jar? Well, I went huntin' for country sayings and I found more of 'em than ticks on a coon hound! Not jes plain ole uns like fit to be tied or crooked as a dog's hind leg. I found SO MANY I was as excited as a hen on a hot griddle! Shoot, sweet thang, I'm hip to haunch and cheek jowl with these sayin's. I'm talkin' bout sayin's like, food that tastes so good that if you put it on top of your head your tongue'd slap your brains out tryin' to get it. Now don't that fry your tater?

Here's an assortment of collected sayings from mom's `n dads and aunts `n uncles, some from the internet and others are collected from articles. They're descriptive and so much more interesting then the language used every day!


'Suthern Sayin's

  • Ate that chicken til it was slick as a ribbon.
  • A wink is as good as a nod, to a blind horse.
  • Barefooted as a yard dog.
  • Better than a sharp stick in the eye.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • Bleedin' like a stuck pig.
  • Busy as a one armed paper hanger.
  • Butter my butt and call me a biscuit! (term of amazement)
  • Cold as a frog's behind.
  • Cold as a banker's heart.
  • Colder than a mother-in-laws love.
  • Colder than a well digger's destination.
  • Clean as a hound's tooth.
  • Could go bear huntin' with a switch.
  • Crooked as a barrel full of fish hooks.
  • Cute as a tote sack full of puppies.
  • Dark as the inside of a cow.
  • Deader'n a doornail.
  • Didn't have sense enough to pound sand into a rat hole.
  • Don't flog (or beat) a dead horse.
  • Don't get your cows runnin.
  • Don't monkey with that.
  • Eatin' the gospel bird (that's chicken, since the preacher always seemed to show up when there was fried chicken for dinner!)
  • 'et up with.
  • Empty as a winter rain barrel.
  • Everything's chicken but the bill.
  • Fast as all get out.
  • Fine as a frog's hair split up the middle and tied at both ends.
  • Flat as a flitter.
  • From now until Gabriel blows his horn
  • Gee willikers.
  • Getting too big for his britches.
  • Going at it like killing snakes. (Doing something with more vigor and enthusiasm than the task requires.)
  • Gooder'n  snuff.
  • Green as a gourd.
  • Happier than a dead pig in the sunshine.
  • Happier than a pig in slop.
  • He ain't got the sense he was born with.
  • He hasn't hit a lick with a snake. (He hasn't worked in a while.)
  • He moves like the lice is fallin' off him.
  • He put the "e" in ig-nernt.  (ignorant)
  • He talks like he's got a mouthful of mush.
  • He thinks he's the best thing since sliced bread.
  • He's all hat and no cattle.
  • He's got a tough row to hoe.
  • He was moving so slow, dead flies wouldn't fall off 'im.
  • Hells Bells.
  • Highfalutin'
  • High muckety-mucks.
  • Hotter than a June bride.
  • Hotter than a $2 pistol.
  • I ain't got no dog in that fight.
  • I didn't just fall off the turnip truck.
  • I didn't take her to raise. (I'm not responsible for her)
  • I don't know her from Adam's house cat.
  • I feel like a banjo. Everybody's picking on me.
  • I feel like the underside of a turnip green. (I feel sick or low and green.)
  • I feel lower than a snake in snowshoes.
  • I suwanne. (I swear.)
  • I spoke to her and she didn't say pea turkey squat.
  • I was as surprised as if a sheep had bit me.
  • I went to the barber and got my ears lowered.
  • I wouldn't give you air if you were in a jug.
  • I wouldn't  piss on him if he was on fire.
  • I'd have to feel better to die.
  • I'll do that sooner than (in a while).
  • I'll get all over you like white on rice.
  • I'll knock you into next week.
  • I'm feelin' lower than a a snake's belly in a mud rut.
  • I'm gonna jerk you through a knot.
  • I'm gonna slap you so hard when you quit rollin' your clothes'll be outta style.
  • I'm so busy, I don't have time to cuss the cat.
  • If she had one more wrinkle , she could screw her hat on.
  • If you don't do that, I'll be all over you like stink on a skunk.
  • If it'd been a snake it would have bit you.
  • If you lie down with dogs, you'll get up with fleas.
  • Is it any 'count? (is it any good?)
  • It was so good it would have brought tears to a glass eye.
  • It's been so long since the last rain I had to blow dust out of the rain gauge.
  • It's comin' up a bad cloud.
  • It's more than I can say grace over.
  • It's not too pretty for nice, but it's great for good.
  • It's pourin' down bullfrogs.
  • Jumpy as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockin' chairs.
  • Live and learn, die and know it all.
  • Like tryin' to poke a cat out from under the porch with a rope.
  • Livin' high on the hog.
  • Loosing my religion. (At whit's end.)
  • Mad as a mule chewing on bumblebees.
  • Madder than a wet hen. (Don't be monkeyin' with wet hens)
  • Make hay while the sun shines.
  • My mouth is dry enough to spin cotton.
  • My stars and garters.
  • Older than dirt.
  • One of 'em will lie and the other one'll swear to it.
  • Petered out
  • Pipe down.
  • Plumb tickled to death.
  • Pulled too green.
  • Put on the dog.
  • Richer than four foot up a bulls butt.
  • Right as rain.
  • Rode hard and put up wet.
  • Runnin' like the house is afire.
  • Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
  • Scarce as deviled eggs after a church picnic.
  • Scarcer than hen's teeth
  • She's a caution.(She's a trip or she's unusual).
  • She's so poor she ain't got two nickels to rub together.
  • She was cryin' and slingin' snot.
  • Slicker than snot.
  • Slower than cream risin' on last years buttermilk.
  • Slower than molasses trying to run uphill in January.
  • Snake-bit.
  • Snatch the taste right out of her mouth.
  • So dry, the trees are bribing the dogs.
  • So surprised you coulda knocked his eyes off with a stick.
  • Squirmin' like a worm in hot ashes.
  • Staggerin' around like a blind horse in a punkin patch.
  • Stout as a mule.
  • Straight as a string.
  • Sunday go't meeting clothes
  • Sure as a cat's got climbing gear.
  • Tall enough to go duck huntin' with a rake.
  • Tender as a judge's heart.
  • That dog won't hunt.
  • That kid ain't knee-high to a duck.
  • That truck couldn't pull a fat baby off a tricycle.
  • That's a fine how d'ya do.
  • That's as good as a cold collard sandwich.
  • That's not big enough to cuss the cat in.
  • Thick as flies on a dog's back.
  • Thicker than fiddlers in hell.
  • Tight as Dick's hatband.
  • Useless as teats on a boarhog.
  • Walkin' like he's rakin' up shucks.
  • We didnt have space to to swing a cat.
  • Weak as dishwater.
  • Well, shut my mouth.
  • We've howdied, but not met.
  • What ever blows your dress up.
  • You can't beat that with a stick.
  • You can't judge the depth of a well by the handle of the pump.
  • You have a hollow leg.
  • You lie like a dirty cur dog.
  • You're going to wool that baby to death." (to wool = to cuddle or love on excessively) .
  • You scared the livin' daylights outta me.

Colorful Insults

  • He's dumb as a sack full of hammers.
  • He looks like he got beat with an ugly stick.
  • He was so buck toothed he could eat an apple through a picket fence.
  • He's about half a bubble off plumb.
  • He's as ugly as homemade lye-soap.
  • He's got the personality of a dishrag.
  • He's so low down he could crawl under a snake's belly.
  • I wonder what she would charge to haunt a house.
  • If you had bird brains you'd fly backwards.
  • She had a face as ugly as a stack of black cats with their tails cut off.
  • She had a face so ugly she wore out two bodies.
  • She's as ugly as a mud fence daubed with tadpoles.
  • She's so ugly she could scare the bulldog off a meat truck.
  • She's so ugly they had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her.
  • She's three pickles shy of a quart.
  • She's ugly enough to stop an eight day clock.
  • That face might not stop a clock, but it'd sure raise Cain with watches.
  • You look like something the cat dragged in.
  • You're not worth the powder and shot it'd take to blow you to kingdom come.
  • You're so dumb if they put your brain on the head of a pin it would roll around like a BB on a six-lane highway.



  • Cute as a bug's ear.
  • He's handier than a pocket on a shirt.
  • He's as fast as greased lightenin'.
  • I wouldn't trade you for a farm in Georgia.
  • She's as purty as a speckled pup under a red wagon.
  • She's as purty as a spotted horse in a daisy pasture.
  • Sure as the vine twines 'round the stump, you are my darlin' sugar lump.


Things Only a True Southerner Knows

  • The difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit (knipschen).
  • Pretty much how many fish make up a mess.
  • What general direction cattywumpus is
  • How long 'directly' is---As in "Going to town, be back directly."
  • That 'gimme sugar' don't mean pass the sugar.
  • When 'by and by' is
  • How to handle their 'pot-likker'
  • The best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of cold tater salad.
  • The difference between 'pert near' and a 'right far piece'
  • The differences between a redneck, a good 'ol boy and po' white trash.
  • Never to go snipe huntin' twice.