Southern sayings are those wonderful similes, metaphors, or other expressions that are use on a regular basis during conversations in The South. We don't even bat an eye when they are used. It's second nature to know how to properly respond to these sayings. Whether you are travelling to the south or just wanting to brush up on your southern vernacular, these jewels will guide you through some of the most common conversations. But before engaging in a conversation with a true southerner, PLEASE read, understand, and practice these sayings. Improper usage could result in bodily harm as some have the totally opposite meaning depending on the context in which it is used!
· Southern Saying: Butter my biscuit
o Translation: Isn't that something!
o Usage: Well butter my biscuit!
· Southern Saying: Speckled pup in a red wagon
o Translation: Reference to being cute or precious.
o Usage: That baby's cuter than a speckled pup in a red wagon.
· Southern Saying: Two goats in a pepper patch.
o Translation: That's some hot stuff.
o Usage: It's hotter out here than two goats in a pepper patch.
· Southern Saying: Rode hard and put up wet.
o Translation: Looking rough
o Usage: Man, you look like you been rode hard and put up wet.
· Southern Saying: Heebie jeebies
o Translation: A condition similar to the chills.
o Usage: That fellow gives me the heebie jeebies.
· Southern Saying: Above your raisin'
o Translation: Acting as a snob acts.
o Usage: Little Miss Priss is shore above her raisin'.
· Southern Saying: I declare.
o Translation: I did not know that or that is surprising or it can merely be used when there is really nothing else to say.
o Usage: I declare!
· Southern Saying: In a coon's age.
o Translation: A really long time.
o Usage: I ain't seen nothin' like that in a coon's age.