This is a short post. I didn’t sleep last night and the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet. I’m still working on finding the right amount of water to coffee ratio. I’m getting closer 🙂
Southerners have a beautiful way with words. Granted we drop consonants and sometimes entire syllables, but the flow of the language is beautiful, to me anyway. Not counting what Scott Bakula is currently doing to it on TV. I love you Scott, but honey you are NOT Southern. Like most regions of the country, our language is laced with unique phrases. Some of them have become clique, but a few are true treasures.
My top 3 Southern Sayings:
- Bless her (little) heart. This is classic. And like the women of the South, it’s hard to tell what the person really means. There usually two possible meanings. The first is an insult. The person using it doesn’t want to come out and say you’re an idiot. The second, is used in sympathy. Here is an example: “Did you hear about Sue Ellen? She tried to color her hair blonde, she fell asleep watching her stories while the dye was still on her head. Now she looks like a bottle of French’s mustard. . Bless her heart.” Unless, you know the speaker intimately, it’s hard to tell which meaning is intended.
- God willing and the Creek don’t rise. For historical reasons, I love this one. Creek is referring to the native Creek Indians of the Southeastern United States. There were a series of wars fought between the white settlers and the Creek Indians, and the phrase evolved from that. Settlers tried to make plans, but you wouldn’t know if the Creeks would attack. There’s no worries about the Creeks revolting now, but the phrase is still used. I have a feeling most think it has to do with flooding. Use it in a sentence. “Bob, you want go to a fish fry Friday night up at the camp?” ” Sounds good to me, God willing and the Creek don’t rise.” Trust me, unless there is a hurricane, if there’s a fish fry, the place will be jumpin’.
- Come Hell or high water. (Do you see a pattern?) I don’t know the origin of this saying, but it’s fun none the less. Flooding is common in coastal Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and all of Florida. If you didn’t know, Florida is a soft layer of mud on an ever moving underground ocean. It’s not only caused by hurricane’s. Flash flooding can occur from a heavy rain, and it rains here almost every afternoon. We always have a backup plan for outdoor events. The explanation of this phrase is easy. It’s an affirmative answer with the exception of the Apocalypse and flood. In a sentence: “Beauregard, I am going to the mall, come Hell or high water.”
There you go, a few of my favorites. I hear each of these at least once a week. Now, a treat. Watch the video below. It’s a hoot.