Musings from a promise-collector

Southern Verbiage, Part 2


I have learned a few more southern words and phrases since my post about Southern Verbiage that I want to share. Enjoy!

might could/maybe could (v.) – an expression of willingness to perform some task; example: “Well I might could drop that off for ya tomorrow.”

Slap your mama! (phrase) – used to express enjoyment, something good; example: “Those crawfish were slap your mama good!”

Slap your grandma! (phrase) – used to express an even higher degree of enjoyment, something great; example: “Her black-eyed peas are so good, makes you wanna slap your grandma!”

dear, sweetie, darling (n.) – used in place of Miss or ma’am, any female; (see “hon” in previous Verbage post); example: “What can I do for you, dear?”

yungins (n.) –  also spelled younguns; meaning young ones, children; example: “I want all you yungins in the house now.”

blizzard (n.) – a snow storm usually consisting of six or more inches of snow, which successfully shuts a city down for days

big’ole (adj.) – short for “big old”, used to describe something of large size; example: “That was a big’ol blizzard in 93.”

di’yud (v.) – the two-syllable version of “did”; (This one I heard on the news the other night when they were interviewing a county worker.); example: “We di’yud go out and spread some salt today (in anticipation of another snowfall).”

sweetea (n.) – sweet tea, sometimes just called tea; caution: if made properly it is VERY sweet

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Comments on: "Southern Verbiage, Part 2" (3)

  1. […] The Rainbow Collector? Southern Verbiage, Part 2 […]

  2. […] really crave it anymore. I have replaced it with water, mostly unsweet tea with just a hint of sweetea, or lemonade (which I know has a ton of sugar, so I drink it […]

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