Being Southern is a State of Mind…

There is something charming when speaking with someone who has that deep southern drawl.

“Bless your heart!  Aren’t you just the sweetest thing like honey from a bee.”

It can put you at ease and soften your tone.  Why is that?  I don’t necessarily question that ability, but have enjoyed it from time to time.  Additionally, I have been given a criticism in such a sweet southern tone that I couldn’t get the proper emotion in a timely manner to be grumpy appropriately.

“Oh sweetheart, your movie just ended and nobody clapped.  Gotta just get up and head on out for the exit and don’t be slow about it. Bless your heart.”

In the south there is a language that is regionally specific and fluid that I’ve always enjoyed.  There are some southern sayings that are profound as well as others that are just jumble but a great deal of fun.

Below are some of my favorite sayings:

  • Good Lord willin’ and the cricks don’t rise 
  • Never hurts to want
  • Come hail or high water
  • You’d argue with a fence post and then throw rocks at it!
  • If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
  • That’s a long row to hoe!
  • That dog will hunt
  • He’s two bricks short of a load
  • A guilty dog barks the loudest
  • He couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn
  • Root hog or die
  • Excuses are like backsides.  Everyone’s got one and they all stink.

What is fantastic is that southern hospitality and you don’t have to be from there to put yourself in that southern state of mind.  The linking of sayings that have been around forever along with new inventive one’s you may only hear once in a lifetime bring such color to the English language.

What are your favorite sayings or comments that you’ve received that have impacted you?

“Y-all come back, ya hear!”