Southerners certainly have a particular vernacular. It doesn’t mean we’re uneducated – quite the opposite. It means we’re creative, impassioned, and full of
grits. I mean grit.
I thought I would take a minute and go over some more Southernisms with y’all today. So set a spell and enjoy a cool glass of lemonade.
The Good Lord Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise – Maybe you’ve heard this one. I’ve heard it often, but I actually looked up the history of it. It simply means that someone will be somewhere or do something as long as they are able to. If the Lord is willing to get them there and nature doesn’t intervene. Often, creeks would rise with weather and become impassable, stranding families until the waters receded.
A Snake in the Grass – A person is a bad character, you don’t see it coming before they strike and bite.
She’s Actin’ Above Her Raisin’ – She’s behaving as if she’s better than everyone else. This is especially handy at family gatherings when everybody knows where she came from and who she is.
I’ll Jerk Her Bald – Watch out! Them’s fightin’ words. This person is fed up and ready to fight. Run for the hills if someone says this about you.
Don’t Borrow Trouble – Don’t worry about things you can’t control. This one is from the Bible. Matthew 6:34 says not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough trouble of its own.
Sweatin’ Like A Stuck Pig – I mean, I think this is fairly self-explanatory. You’re sweating so bad you feel like a pig stuck somewhere. A friend of mine introduced me to this phrase and I just loved it, I say it all the time now.
A Few Bricks Short of a Load – That person isn’t all with it, or is just plain s-t-u-p-i-d. It doesn’t mean someone with a legit cognitive impairment, but someone who just can’t seem to make a smart decision.
That Dog Won’t Hunt – It’s a bad idea. A dog that won’t hunt is no good, and if someone tells you think, they think your idea is no good as well.
Kiss My Grits – This was made famous on the old television show Alice, said by waitress Flo. Basically, it means to kiss one’s butt.
Bless His Heart – Well, this can have two meanings. First is sincere. Aunt Frannie broke her leg? Bless her heart! Or sarcastic. Cousin Peter walked into a water fountain because he was looking at his phone? Bless his heart. Both are perfectly acceptable.
Those are a few of my favorite phrases. I’ll come back with more favorites from time to time! Have a great day, y’all!