Gossip says more about the person saying it than who it's about.
—Amanda Cernicek

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That little something we threw together probably took days.

Nobody has ever accused Southerners of being direct. Southern words have many shades of meaning, determined by situation, facial expression, tone of voice . . . To the untrained ear, the things Southerners say and what we actually mean can be miles apart. We polled our Facebook Brain Trust to gather a few examples. Here’s what they came up with—how about you?

When We Say: “Good luck to your ball club.”

We Mean: “Hope y’all choke and we cream you.”

When We Say: “She has such a positive personality.”

We Mean: “That girl’s loud.”

When We Say: “Can y'all stay for supper?”

We Mean: “You’ve been here for hours, it’s suppertime, we’re starving, and we’d really like for you to go now.”

When We Say: “I’m fixin’ to . . .”

We Mean: “I'm getting ready to do that, and I'll do that when I'm good and ready.”

When We Say: “I’ll get around to it.”

We Mean: “Ain’t happenin’.”

When We Say: “Let me think about it.”

We Mean: “The answer is no, but I don’t want to deal with telling you that right now.”

When We Say: “Drop by anytime.”

We Mean: “Please call first, and you’d better give me two days' warning so I can clean house and get some makeup on.

When We Say: “Make yourself at home.”

We Mean: “We're happy to have you, but please instruct your three-year-old to stop trying to ride our dog.”

When We Say: “Go ahead. Do it.” [Usually spoken by a Southern woman to her husband or kids.]

We Mean: “You've just pushed me over the edge, and if you even think about doing what I think you were about to do, it could get ugly."

When We Say: “It’s just a little something I threw together.”

We Mean: “I’ve been in the kitchen for days, but I want you to think I'm such a good cook that this seven-layer cake was effortless.”

When We Say: “Isn’t that different/unique?”

We Mean: “That’s ugly as sin.”

When We Say: “She’s a little on the heavy side.”

We Mean: “She has really piled it on, bless her sweet heart.”

When We Say: “Well, isn’t she just precious?”

We Mean:Bless her heart.”

When We Say: “He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed.” OR “Her bread didn’t get done in the middle.”

We Mean: “He/she is not very bright.”

When We Say: “He's not from around here, is he?”

We Mean: “He’s strange.” OR “He just mispronounced the name of the town he’s standing in.”

When We Say: “It’s FINE.”

We Mean: “It most definitely is NOT fine—and you need to do something about that.”

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