Thursday, March 15, 2007

My 12th Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Commonly Used Southern Sayings:

Southern Saying: Like a chicken with your head cut off
Translation: Confusion
Usage: That boy was running around like a chicken with his head cut off!

Southern Saying: Snowball's chance in hell.
Translation: Not a very likely occurrence.
Usage: You ain't got a snow ball's chance in hell of gittin' that girl.

Southern Saying: Argue with a fence post.
Translation: Stubborness
Usage: That woman would argue with a fence post.

Southern Saying: Rode hard and put up wet.
Translation: Looking rough
Usage: Man, you look like you been rode hard and put up wet.

Southern Saying: Light in the loafers.
Translation: gay
Usage: Leroy, that fellow light in the loafers to you?

Southern Saying: Three sheets to the wind.
Translation: Drunk
Usage: Betty Lou is three sheets to the wind.

Southern Saying: Short end of the stick.
Translation: Treated in an ill manner
Usage: We got the short end of the stick on that deal.

Southern Saying: Ruffled her feathers.
Translation: Upsetting
Usage: I really ruffled her feathers.

Southern Saying: In a coon's age.
Translation: A really long time.
Usage: I ain't seen nothin' like that in a coon's age.

Southern Saying: Above your raisin'
Translation: Acting as a snob acts.
Usage: Little Miss Priss is shore above her raisin'.

Southern Saying: Like white on rice.
Translation: Southern symbolism at it's finest. Reference to traits or characteristics that cannot be separated two things that always go together. (Other colored rice is not eaten in the south except by those tryin' to live above their raisin'.)
Usage: She was all over him like white on rice.

Southern Saying: Shut my mouth
Translation: An expression of speechlessness. No, we can't keep our mouths shut and this is how we tell you.
Usage: Well shut my mouth!

Southern Saying: Mouth overloaded his butt
Translation: That individual cannot back up what they are saying with actions.
Usage: Boy, you're lettin' your mouth overload your butt.

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24 comments, add yours here:

JennyMcB said...

The last few I had not heard, thanks for sharing and I think I might use the last one!

Amelia Elias said...

This Texas gal has heard and used most of those! Very, very funny.

Lazy Daisy said...

I've heard and used all but the last one. You forgot "made your tongue slap out your eyeballs" as in That was so good it made your tongue slap out your eyeballs.

Robin said...

You Southern girls are definitely more colorful than the rest of us! That last one is a hoot.

Happy TT.

lisa said...

great expressions! and a few I was not unfamiliar with.

Morgen said...

Okay, I gotta admit -- I've never heard #13
But (or should I say Butt) I'm adding it to my lexicon.
Girl, you're lettin' your mouth overload your butt.
Excellent!

One of my favorites, similar to "like white on rice" is "like a duck on a junebug"
I actually use "like a duck on a junebug" quite frequently.
You can take the boy outta Kentucky, but you can't make him stop talking 'bout ducks 'an junebugs!

cheers,
mo
It’s A Blog Eat Blog World

Rebecca said...

I have said most of those...

GreenEyedGirl said...

I love the list! Some of them I have not heard before, but they were all hilarious!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

that sounds about right...

smiles, bee

Tammie Jean said...

These are great! As a girl from the northeast, I admit that I was familiar with only 7 of them. Maybe I'll try throwing a few of these around... see if anyone know's what I'm talking about :)

Chelle said...

I LOVE "above your raisin'". I am totally going to use that one. My dad is a reformed Texan and he uses a lot of these sayings. I think it is because his parents were originally from Tennessee and they brought a lot of them with them.

katherine. said...

having family from the south...I've heard all but the last one...probably cause most of their mouths overload their butts. smile

Rebecca said...

You are even kidding a little bit on this. hehe. Great thirteen.

Rebecca said...

How about, You are NOT even kidding..."

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Qtpies7 said...

I love the last one! My kids' mouths frequently overload their butts!

Barbara H. said...

I've always lived in the South and heard most of these, but a couple are new to me, like "Above your raisin'"

Great TT. And educational :D

Stephanie said...

I LOVE it!! Not a Southern Girl, but my entire family past mom and Dad are!! I'm a Yank at heart, but I know all their phrases!

Cool site, btw!

Travis said...

I've heard most of these used in context, but not "above your raisin'".

Neila said...

Great list! I use 6-7 of those almost daily. Hmmm . . . Is Kansas considered "the south"?

Claire said...

Do you not just say Headless Chicken?
Don't think i want to look like i have been rode hard and put up wet? or would i?lol!
I knew all of them apart from last one, which i will now add to my vocab.

Sanni said...

These are great... I´ve never heared one of those sayings before.

Have a great weekend
*smooch*

Sanni, who will be three sheets to the wind tonight =)

Cheryl Wray said...

Love this list too!(Glad I went back and read some of the posts i've missed!)
As a Bama girl, I use most of these on a regular basis!!

Uisce said...

LOL I could have used this dictionary on my recent trip! :)