…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.
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.
Askew. Example: The storm knocked the boat cattywampus and it started to take on water.
For sure. Correct. “You’re darn tootin’, that is oil.”
To get set : be on the verge Example: We’re fixin’ to leave soon.
Customary accompaniments. Example: We had a turkey dinner with all the fixins.
Grits (Hominy Grits)
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.
Etymology: probably from Flemish hankeren, frequentative of hangen to hang; akin to Old English hangian
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.”
Pronunciation: ‘hO-“kAk Function: Noun Date: 1745 A small cake made of cornmeal. (I’m sure Dragon knows how to make these!)
Function: Colloquialism Very quick.
Almost. Example: “I nearabout ran over that squirrel in the road.”
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.”
To waste time. Example: He spent all his time piddlin’ and never got anything done.”
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.
Etymology: alteration of darnation, euphemism for damnation
Used to indicate surprise, shock, displeasure, or censure.
Ye ones. Example: “Yeens better go before you’re late.”
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.