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! Before long we hope to have some sound bites of how each saying is used to help you better understand conversational southern. Grab you a glass of sweet tea, sit a spell, and enjoy these old southern sayings and definitions!
That boy was running around like a chicken with his head cut off!
Isn't that something!
Well butter my biscuit!
Reference to being cute or precious.
That baby's cuter than a speckled pup in a red wagon.
That's some hot stuff.
It's hotter out here than two goats in a pepper patch.
Not a very likely occurrence.
You ain't got a snow ball's chance in hell of gittin' that girl.
That woman would argue with a fence post.
Man, you look like you been rode hard and put up wet.
A condition similar to the chills.
That fellow gives me the heebie jeebies.
Leroy, that fellow light in the loafers to you?
Betty Lou is three sheets to the wind.
Treated in an ill manner
We got the short end of the stick on that deal.
Lacking all the facts.
That fellow went off half cocked.
Very versatile term meaning to remove hide, drunk, or to beat up.
I skint his hair back.
Acting as a snob acts.
Little Miss Priss is shore above her raisin'.
I really ruffled her feathers.
Talking up a storm or .. uh .. talking about nothing in particular.
We was just a chewin' the fat.
Screaming or squealing in pain.
Bo hit is finger with that mall and hollered like a stuck hog.
I did not know that or that is surprising or it can merely be used when there is really nothing else to say.
A really long time.
I ain't seen nothin' like that in a coon's age.
Refers to one being unknowing.
He was just sittin' there like a bump on a log.
That individual cannot back up what they are saying with actions.
Boy, you're lettin' your mouth overload your butt.
The very risky act of assuming the outcome.
She's countin' her chickens before the eggs hatch.
Taken on more than one can handle.
I really think this time I've bitten off more than I can chew!
That individual was taken by surprise or was totally unprepared.
She caught me with my pants down.
Southern symbolism at it's finest. Reference to traits or characteristics that cannot be separated two things that always go together. (Other colored rice is not eaten in the south except by those tryin' to live above their raisin'.)
She was all over him like white on rice.
A situation to avoid at all costs. Indicates you may be about to have your hair skint back.
You're barkin' up the wrong tree now boy.
There is still more to go - as in not complete.
There's still meat on that bone.
Unable to see the big picture.
Boy, you can't see the forest for the trees.
Reference to the certainty of some event occuring or the ease at which it occurred.
It was like water off a duck's back.
An expression of speechlessness. No, we can't keep our mouths shut and this is how we tell you.
Well shut my mouth!
Suited for each other or identical.
They like two peas in a pod ain't they?