I just got reminded of something recently . Haven’t thought about it in a while , but some things that got said on the wild and wacky world of FaceBook made me recall it. Apparently, I have an accent. A Southern one. HA! 🙂 The conversation had started over one of those quizzes that people take on FB. You know the ones I mean; Which color are you? Can we guess your home state? What magical creature are you? and on it goes. Well, they had this quiz on there , “Can you translate these southern sayings?” . So. I’m just going to come right out and say it. I don’t know what people they were talking to but it was NOT anybody from anywhere near the South. I seriously had NEVER heard any of the things they had listed , and don’t know of anyone who has. So in the interest of telling it like it is, let me share with you some true deep South sayin’s.
1. More nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs.
(You’re pretty nervous.)
2. That fence\house\wall is cattywhomped.
(It’s crooked. )
3. Those two just do not geehaw with one another.
(When a team of animals are taught to pull gee is the command to go left and haw the command to go right, they have to work together to accomplish their task, so this saying means ”They don’t get along.”)
4. Ugly as homemade soap.
(You’re in a bad way ugly)
Somebody whooped you with an ugly stick. ( Same thing)
5. I’m feelin’ so poorly, I’d have to get better to die.
(You’re pretty sick.)
6. His bread’s in the oven , but the gas ain’t on.
Dumber than a bag of hammers.
(Both ways of saying of saying someone is very dumb.)
7. Drunker than Cooter Brown.
(Although I have heard this expression from lots of people I never have learned who Cooter was or why he was so drunk.)
8. Don’t mollycoddle that kid.
(You’re spoiling them, and letting them get away with way too much.)
9, The Good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.
(Meaning , if it’s supposed to happen it will.)
10. You’re payin’ for your raisin’.
( Your child is just like you, and now you are regretting being such a brat to your parents. )
And so on it goes. So there’s a taste of something real. I mean , after all , real Southern accents are made by sweet tea sippin’ , front porch sittin’, magnolia bloomin’, swingin’ slow, muggy hot summers. I suppose maybe those quiz people were just doing the best they could , “Bless their little ole hearts. ” 😀