Things only a Southerner knows

I went to bed last night at nine and still woke at 5! I'm so pooped! Here's another funny.

Things only a southerner knows

Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess."

Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of"yonder."

Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is -- as in: "Going to town, be back directly."

Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin'.

Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don't do "queues," we do "lines," and when we're "in line," we talk to everybody!

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.

Southerners refer to one person as "y'all" and more than one as "all y'all."

Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart" and go your own way.

To those of you who're still a little embarrassed by your Southern-ness:Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!

And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southern-ness as a second language!

And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, y'all need a sign to hang on y'alls front porch that reads "I ain't from the South but I got here as fast as I could."

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6 comments:

Nikki said...

A lot of these things sound suspiciously like some of the sayings in one of our Atlantic provinces ... especially the 'by the by' ... and all the right near and right far stuff ... weird.

And great pic of Gerard today ...

Bonnie Ferguson said...

}:)

Paula said...

Just one quibble--I don't know what part of the south the rest of y'all are from, but down here in Alabama, "y'all" isn't used in the singular, only plural. You is sufficient for singular. And "all y'all" is used when there's a large group and you want to make sure nobody's left out of the invitation. ;)

MaryF said...

You know, Paula, you're right. In Texas, y'all is only plural, never singular ;)

Interesting about similar sayings, Nikki!

Tess Harrison said...

I was LOLing at those sayings. They are soo true!

Joanna K. Moore said...

I reasonated with all of these! (My Mama is a fine Southern Lady.)

But that's true...y'all is short for "you all", so it's always plural.

JoAnn

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