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We're talkin' south'rn

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007, at 8:56 AM

One of the great things about the South is how so many of us are talkin' south'rn.

Some of us drink "co-cola" -- even if it's another brand besides Coca-Cola. Not "pop," like Northerners consume. (Can't leave out Sundrop. Try and buy THAT elsewhere...)

Older people keep things cool in the 'Frigidaire' no matter what brand of refrigerator they actually own.

One of my grandmothers swore on the curative qualities of "Vicks sive", referring to Vicks Vapor-Rub (the "sive" was how she said "salve.")

And many of us live in "Shovel."

Y'all throw in some of your best south'rnisms here...


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A lot of my friends in college would make fun of me when I would say I was "fixin" to do or go somewhere. I would say that "I was fixin to go to the store" and they would just laugh at me.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 9:08 AM

Yonder was the word I always got laughed at for using when I lived out west.

"I'm fixing to go over yonder, do any of uens wana go?" :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 9:36 AM

I can't believe "Ya'll" and "ain't" ain't addded to the list lol..that is the one I get ragged on by my "yankee" friends the most. well that and holler.

"Ya'll holler at me if ya ain't gonna go" ;P

and as for coke. I have always said Soda. Ask someone if they want something to drink and they say "sure, get me a coke" so I get them a coke and they say "I wanted a sprite" HUH???

-- Posted by stolen25 on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 9:56 AM

Here's one I hear a lot of people say.

In the south, you don't push a button, and you don't press a button. Around here, you MASH a button.

-- Posted by Richard on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 2:04 PM

jeet yet , no ju ,awight, mon over

taters, maters.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 2:21 PM

How about someone telling of themselves or referring to someone else as jumpin' up and buying something or even jumpin' up and getting married?

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 2:38 PM

Even though we are from the south a lot of people even in different parts of Tennessee seem to have a language all their own.

I use to work for The Nashville Network and we were always working weird hours.. we had this lady who was from Jamestown TN. We were there early one morning and us being the slobs we were our cleaning lady was in the studio picking up our mess. I was sitting at a desk and had a cup of Sundrop sitting there, she walked over and picked it up and looked me dead in the eyes and said "Tis Urn?" I was kinda confused and said "Well it does kind of taste like it but I sure hope it isn't"

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 3:48 PM

lmao, Diana!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 3:53 PM

-- Posted by cookie on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:10 PM

My mother (also David's grandmother) would say that it was "airish" when it was on the cool side. How I miss hearing her say that.

-- Posted by cookie on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:11 PM

Thanks cookie, I agree!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:13 PM

I was referring to the comment you made at 6:10, not 6:11 LOL!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:14 PM

I've known many older people over the years refer to Alzheimers disease as "old timers disease"

-- Posted by cfder on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 6:29 PM

I've known many older people over the years refer to Alzheimers disease as "old timers disease"

_ my Mom calls it that.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 7:01 PM

Have any of you ever heard, it's a tiddely bit nippely, for cool weather?

-- Posted by dmcg on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 7:02 PM

My grandfather always called Shelbyville- Shovel. I went to school in Fedville( Fayetteville) and my uncle called Lewisburg- Lursburg.

My favorite word is dreckly- not directly.

And we always asked for a cold drink or coke meaning any type of soda.

I was fixin' to add sa-more but I can't recollect any; that's pert near all them there words I know of. Maybe I'll think of more dreckly. I need to fold up my warshin.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 7:23 PM

A couple of years ago some neighbor's cows got out. I heard the commotion and went out to help get the cows back into his pasture. As I was walking back to my house which was now about a half mile away, I heard the screen door slam shut on a house back off the road. A loud voice pierced the dusky light and said, "but he hadn't done already eat yet though."

That had to be one of the best I've ever heard.

-- Posted by dmcg on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 9:04 PM

Many years ago a farmer had some cows stolen one night. I asked a law enforcement officer who had investigated the theft if they had any idea about what time of night the cows were stolen. "All we know is that he thought he might have heared something in the herd about 1 o'clock,," he replied.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Oct 8, 2007, at 10:47 PM

Bo, if you wanna play with the minds of the "un-country" teach them about hillside cows. That's hillarious!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 7:54 AM

Well, I'm purty cuntry in my talkin', so I tend to get odd looks when I go visitin' the kinfolks in Florida...

I was travelin' down that way a couple years ago and stopped at a McDonald's in St. Petersburg... I ordered, thinking nothing of it and all of sudden the Manager came out from the back and asked me "Where's that accent from, Alabama or Tennessee?"

I told him right off that I was "from TENNESSEE... don't you dare put me in Alabama!" :-) Nothin' wrong them 'Bama folks, I'm just proud to be from Tennessee!

I do get a lot of "ribbin" though about my talk, I just don't realize I'm that bad usually!

-- Posted by margaretreed on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 2:59 PM

Yep I always told the people of west I wasn't the one who talks funny it was them. :>)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 4:59 PM

Today some colleagues and I were out for lunch, and one of the young ladies told us where she got the ice cream from, because we didn't see any...

She replies with, "Ovair"... The gentlemen across the table said, "What is ovair?" She nicely assured him that it meant "Over There."

Ironicly enough, he said that is the new Southern word of the day! It's funny how you don't even notice much of the southern slang we use, until someone who is southern himself, points it out.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Oct 9, 2007, at 6:30 PM

"Right chonder"

the various pronunciations of Normandy. I personally chose "Nor-mandy".

"no how" as is "it's ok I wasn't gonna use that no how"

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Oct 10, 2007, at 9:00 AM

I always liked the words "rat cheer". If you saw the Clint Eastwood movie Honkytonk Man where he played a country singer similar to Hank Williams, you heard him ask where the bus stop was in a small town. The reply was "rat cheer", meaning "right here." My husband & I catch outselves using that to each other & others may have heard us & thought we were really ignorant.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Thu, Oct 11, 2007, at 6:33 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.