I’ve Been studying…

…the southern dictionary in preparation for my move. If any of you know some words that I’ve missed and you think they would be helpful please feel free to add to the list.

All y’all
Etymology: Intensive form of y’all
This usage states “you all” more emphatically. For example, saying “I know y’all,” would mean that one knows a group of people; saying, “I know all y’all” would mean that one knows the members of the group individually.

Cattywampus
Function: Adjective
Askew. Example: The storm knocked the boat cattywampus and it started to take on water.

Darn tootin’
Function: Colloquialism
For sure. Correct. “You’re darn tootin’, that is oil.”

Fixin’
Function: Verb
To get set : be on the verge Example: We’re fixin’ to leave soon.
Function: Noun
Customary accompaniments. Example: We had a turkey dinner with all the fixins.

Grits (Hominy Grits)
Function: Noun
Hominy or plain corn that’s been ground until it has the consistency of coarse sand. It’s used as a side dish, a breakfast cereal, or as an ingredient in baked goods.

Hankering
Etymology: probably from Flemish hankeren, frequentative of hangen to hang; akin to Old English hangian
Function: Noun
A strong or persistent desire or yearning — often used with for or after. Example: I have a hankering for fried okra. I’ve really been craving it.”

Hoecake
Pronunciation: ‘hO-“kAk Function: Noun Date: 1745 A small cake made of cornmeal.  (I’m sure Dragon knows how to make these!)

Lickety split
Function: Colloquialism  Very quick.

Nearabout
Function: Adverb
Almost. Example: “I nearabout ran over that squirrel in the road.”

Piddlin’
Function: Adjective
Small or inferior. Example: “His work only gave him a piddlin’ 1% raise. Function: Adverb
Poorly. Example: “She felt piddlin’ so she didn’t go to school.”
Function: Verb
To waste time. Example: He spent all his time piddlin’ and never got anything done.”

Reckon
Function: Verb
Etymology: Middle English rekenen, from Old English -recenian (as in gerecenian to narrate, akin to Old English reccan
Date: 13th century
1 : Count Example: To reckon the days till Christmas 2 : to regard or think of as : Consider 3 : Think, suppose Example: “I reckon I’ve outlived my time — Ellen Glasgow”

Slap your pappy
Function: Colloquialism  To pat your stomach.

Tarnation
Function: Noun
Etymology: alteration of darnation, euphemism for damnation
Date: 1790
Used to indicate surprise, shock, displeasure, or censure.

Uppity
Function: Adjective
Conceited.

Yeens
Function: Contraction
Ye ones. Example: “Yeens better go before you’re late.”

Yonder
Function: adverb
Etymology: Middle English, from yond + -er (as in hither)
Date: 14th century
At or in that indicated more or less distant place usually within sight.

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13 responses to “I’ve Been studying…

  1. Here’s one: When they say “soda” they mean POP! 😉

  2. I hate to admit that some of these I haven’t heard before. I guess I need to get a copy and start reading up on my terms. LOL…

  3. Don’t forget to order your sweet tea (pronounced swate tay).

  4. RETARD – Verb. To stop working.
    Usage: “My granpaw retard at age 65..”

    JU-HERE – a question.
    Usage: “Juhere that former Dallas Cowboys’ coach Jimmy Johnson recently toured the University of Alabama?”

    WARSH – verb. To clean. (I actually say this occasionally lol)

  5. dragonlady474

    LOL!
    You forgot “mash”, which takes the place of push, and “buggy”, which is a grocery cart. And Freddie is absolutely correct, pop is soda down here. 🙂

  6. Looks like you’re all set, Goldbloom….ya hear? LOL. You’ll have that southern accent and verbage down in no time flat. And remember to do things S-L-O-W-E-R down there too….you have no choice. 😉

  7. I thought for sure somebody would say
    “Git-r-Done”

  8. Michelle: I forgot about the whole S-L-O-W-E-R thing, that explains alot about Dragon!!! 🙂

  9. LOL.

  10. You need to know what a whistle pig is and you need to know “it’ll make your comb red” – I use that one a lot.

    “Light a shuck” which means to hurry up and leave.

    And when the ground is all dewy we say it’s got a fuzz on it.

    But those are probably more Appalachian than southern…

  11. “Djy wiet mos” = You know then
    But that is in the southern end of South Africa.
    Slay them Ms

  12. you left off tump. “fill that wheel barrow too full and it’ll tump over. Also, ice tea. Saying “iced tea” will get you a severe ass whoopin’ down here. Jeet. As in “jeet jet?”, or roughly translated, “are you hungry.” And one I wouldn’t have thought about so much but I heard it said in a news report on Fox the other night, “bar ditch.” They call them that because when they bar (borrow) the dirt to build a levee or a road, it leaves a ditch.

  13. and soda is a yankee word too. It’s coke. Once you determine someone wants a coke, then you find out what kind. Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Pepsi? What kind of coke do you want?

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