Our Favorite Southern Slang

Don't throw a hissy fit, sugar; you're in the right place! If you're from the South, you know that we've got a special way of communicating that the rest of the world knows little about. If Mama tells you that she's "fit to be tied" you know that you'd better get your chores done right away. You've personally "sweated like a sinner in church." And, you know that a correctly timed "Bless your heart" can be a strategic insult. Here's some of our all-time favorite Southern slang (and definitions, if any of you Northerners are watching).

Our Favorite Southern Slang

1. “Bless your heart”
A phrase used to express empathy; when used sarcastically, an insult

2. “Y’all”
Contraction of ‘you all’

3. “Buggy”
A shopping cart

4. “Hissy fit”
Dramatic loss of one’s temper

5. “Fixin’ to”
Preparing to do something

6. “Bad-mouth”
Talk negatively about

7. “Three sheets to the wind”
Drunk

8. “Lord willing and the Creek don’t rise”
“With good luck and no problems, it will be successful.”

9. “Dickens”
Euphemism for devil

10. “Catty-corner”
Diagonal

11. “Yonder”
Over there, at a distance

12. “Reckon”
To suppose or think

13. “A mind to”
Consider doing something

14. “Ugly”
Rude or unkind

15. “Tan your hide”
Expressing discipline to come

16. “Piddle”
To waste time or work aimlessly

17. “Too big for his britches”
Taking oneself too seriously

18. “Madder than a wet hen”
Furious, causing a scene

19. “Stove-up”
Muscles are sore/stiff

20. “Knee-high to a grasshopper”
“When I was a child...”

21. “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs”
To be skiddish, jumpy

22. “6 of one, half dozen of the other”
Both options are equal

23. “Happy as a pig in mud”
Blissfully content

24. “Pocketbook”
A purse

25. “Fat as a tick”
Full after a good meal

26. “Pitching a fit”
Causing commotion about something

27. “Stinks to high heaven”
Of poor quality; has a strong, unpleasant odor

28. “Slow as molasses”
Moving painfully slow

29. “Mind your manners”
“Be polite.”

30. “I declare” or "I do declare"
An exclamation of surprise

31. “Hold your horses”
“Be patient.”

32. “Fit to be tied”
Very angry/upset

33. “Cute as a button”
Adorable, charming

34. “Don’t get your feathers ruffled”
“Don’t let it bother you.”

35. “That dog won’t hunt”
“It’s a bad idea.”

36. “I don’t have a dog in that fight”
“I don’t have a stake in the outcome of this situation.”

37. “Like water off a duck’s back”
Without any effect; easily

38. “Preaching to the choir”
Making a point to someone who agrees with your position

39. “Pot calling the kettle black”
Guilty of the same thing you’re accusing the other of

40. “Sweatin’ like a sinner in church”
Sweating profusely

SHOW TRANSCRIPT

[MUSIC] Bless your heart. [MUSIC] Y'all, will you go get me a buggy? She's throwing a hissy fit. I'm fixin' to. Now you all don't be bad-mouthing her. [MUSIC] Kyle's going, got himself three sheets to the wind. [MUSIC] Lord willing and the creek don't rise. [MUSIC] That child is the dickens. [MUSIC] That board looks all catty-corner. [MUSIC] Over yonder. [MUSIC] I reckon that'll be okay. [MUSIC] I got a mind to go fishing today. [MUSIC] Will you stop acting ugly? Boy, I'm about to tan your hide. Quit piddling around and get to work. Sounds to me like Brian's getting too big for his britches. [MUSIC] Momma is making me madder than a wet hen. [MUSIC] I am so stove up. [MUSIC] When I was knee-high to a grasshopper, that's how we did it. [MUSIC] He looks bout as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs. [MUSIC] Well, it's six of one, half dozen of the other. Same thing. Ever since he got that car, he's been happy as a pig in mud. You know my pocketbook is [MUSIC] Woo I'm fat as a tick. [MUSIC] Yeah I went down there, I pitched a fit. [MUSIC] Jeez, this stinks to high heaven. [MUSIC] That DMV line's slow as molasses. Now make sure to mind your manners. I do declare. Hold your horses. I am fit to be tied. [MUSIC] She is just cute as a button. [MUSIC] Come on, don't get your feathers ruffled. [MUSIC] Okay, that dog won't hunt. [MUSIC] I don't have a dog in that fight. [MUSIC] Let it roll off of you like water off a duck's back. Honey, you are preaching to the choir. [MUSIC] Now, that's the pot calling the kettle black. [MUSIC] It's so hot out today, I'm sweating like a sinner in church. [MUSIC]
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