magnolia“How’s your mama’n’them?”

How many times have we heard that? Not once do we have to stop and wonder what a mama’n’them is…we know because we’ve been brought up on the South’s unique way with the English language. As our newest contributor, Gary Wright, wrote about in last week’s post, “Southern speak” has a long history of allowing people to say their peace without directly speaking their mind. In honor of our colorful southern way of speaking, we ask that you share your favorite “southernism” with the PorchScene community.

We have started the ball rolling with a few of our favorites:

“He’s got one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel”, “Finer than a frog hair”, “J’eat yet?”

“a mess of…”, “Chunk it!”, “Worthless as a tit on a boar hog.”, “Drunk as Cooter Brown”

“I’m fixin to…”, “Knee high to a grasshopper”...

Feel free to add yours in the comment box at the bottom of the page.

15 thoughts on “Share Your Favorite Southernism

  1. Gary Fuller

    I’m fixin to fix it.

  2. He;s so broke he can’t pay attention!!!

    That’s the way the mop flops !

  3. “You ain’t got the sense that God gave a goose.” I’m not sure whether that is an insult to a person or a compliment to the goose. Now ain’t that special?

  4. PorchScene Staff

    Keep these great comments coming!

  5. PorchScene Staff

    From our friend and contributor, Jim Eikner –
    A ninety year old Southern woman was interviewed by a reporter at her backwoods home regarding her longevity. Asked her secret, the woman replied, “When I sits, I sits loose.”

    Another woman of the same age, who claimed she had never had a sick day, was asked by the same reporter, “You mean to say you have never been bed-ridden?” She responded, “Oh,yes…hundreds of times…and twice in a buggy…but don’t put that in your newspaper!”

  6. Rachel Farmer

    I’m all stove up!
    Bless your heart.
    I LUV that!

  7. clarkson brown

    THE COTTON’S IN MEMPHIS AND THE FREIGHTS ALL PAID!

    THAT BOY NEEDS KILLIN’!

    SHE’S SO UGLY HER MOMMA HAD TO TIE A POK’ CHOP ‘ROUND HER NECK TO GIT THE DOG TO PLAY WITH HER.

    IF “IF” WERE A SKIFF, WE COULD ALL TAKE A RIDE.

    PERTIER THAN A SPECKLED PUP UNDER A NEW RED WAGON.

    IT TAKES A HELL OF A GOOD WOMAN TO BEAT NO WOMAN AT ALL.

    BETTER TO HAVE IT AND NOT NEED IT THAN TO NEED IT AND NOT HAVE IT.

    DON’T DO THAT HONEY, THATS WHAT YANKEES DO.

    … BECAUSE I’M YO MAMMA, AND I SAID SO!

    ‘NUFF SAID…

  8. Mary Dawson

    Someone teased me yesterday when I said “up yonder,” and I’m now aware of how often I say it.

    Every so often I’ll throw out a ryecheer – “Now if you look at this ryecheer you’ll see…”

  9. Michelle M.

    Didntja? (Didntja like the movie?)

    Like stink on a pig

    Over yonder . . .

    I reckon . . .

    I’m fixin’ to

  10. I’m going to warsh and wrench my hair before I get a curl.

  11. “How’s momma and y’all?”
    “Like a hair in a biscuit”

  12. “Boy, if you don’t stop that, I’m gonna snatch you baldheaded!” was always one of my personal favorites

  13. Joe Rolwing

    Roaches of the liver (cirrhosis)
    Makes no never mind
    Yallar dope (orange crush soda)
    Sodi (soda)

  14. Chris H.

    Of course, if you include “J’eat yet?” you must include the polite follow-up question, “J’ont to?”

  15. Marty Cearnal

    I get on that “Like a frog on a June bug”. He looks like he was “Rode hard and put away wet”.

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