10 Southern Phrases You Need

I do not claim to be southern at all- heck, I am originally from Ohio! However, I do love my country music and all things southern especially when it comes to the accents and phrases associated with the south. In my opinion, the south have such delicate ways of expressing their disdain or thoughts about certain things, for example, “bless her heart” may seem so kind but really if someone from the south says this to you, just know they really aren’t blessing you and you probably did something or said something that wasn’t the smartest.

So to be more like the south with a delicate touch to our conversations, check out these 10 phrases you need to know from the south:

1.  “Fixin’ to” . . . You’re not about to eat, you’re fixin’ to eat.

2.  “Let me let you go” . . .  A polite way to tell someone you’re about to leave.

3.  “Hill of beans” . . .  If someone says, “That ain’t worth a hill of beans,” they’re saying it’s essentially worthless.

4.  “Plumb” . . . A synonym for completely.  “I’m plumb tuckered out” or “my neighbor is plumb crazy.”

5.  “Gimme some sugar” . . . It probably means Grandma wants a kiss.

6.  “I’ll tell you what” . . . If you hear a Southerner say it, you’re about to get their opinion on something . . . whether you asked for it or not.

7.  “A rooster one day and a feather duster the next” . . . It means don’t brag about your fortune now, because it could all be gone before you know it.

8.  “Can’t never could” . . . Translation: quit your whining and be more positive.

9.  “Hissy Fit” . . . If you live near a coast, your kids throw tantrums.  If you live in the South, they throw hissy fits.

10.  “If the creek don’t rise” . . . It means you plan on being there unless something crazy happens.

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