A wide variety of Southern slang words and phrases are commonly used in Southern states like Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi. Words and phrases like "Y'all," "heavens to Betsy" and "dohickey" are used to express a wide range of emotions, as well as express analogies for other meanings.
Let's take a look at some common Southern phrases. If someone is "proud as a peacock," it often means they are very proud of themselves, or with an accomplishment. It's also used to express that someone is perhaps being too proud, or overly arrogant. Another Southern phrase is "sick as a dog," which is used to express that someone looks very sick. It's often associated with cold and flu-like symptoms.
Other Southern phrases are used to express concern and care with one's relatives. "How’s yer mama ‘n them?" is an example of this. There are also many phrases that express surprise or shock, such as "Well, I'll be" or "Well, I declare."
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What do you think the Southern phrase, "Mind your P's and Q's," means?
Mind your manners.
"Mind your P's and Q's" is another way of saying "mind your manners." It's often used when someone is being impolite, or lacking common manners.
In what context would the word "dohickey" be used?
It's used to tell someone they spilled something on their clothes.
It's used as a substitute word for a word you forgot.
A "dohickey" is a substitute word for a word you forgot in the context of a sentence. For example, "My mom is making this, uh,.dohickey for supper tonight." This person probably forgot what dish his mother is making, so "dohickey" would replace the name of the dinner dish.
It's used to express relief.
It's used to point out a blemish on someone's face.
If someone is having a "conniption fit," what are they doing?
Acting startled and shocked
Overexaggerating their body language to match their anger
When someone is overexaggerating their body language to match their anger, they are having a "conniption fit." This is often met with overly expressive gestures, such as hands waving all over the place.
When is the phrase "jerk a knot in your tail" used?
It's used on someone who is acting inappropriately or unprofessionally.
If a child is throwing a tantrum, the parent might say something like "I'm going to jerk a knot in your tail if you don't settle down." It's also used to indicate that they will be "grounded" or punished.
"Fine and dandy" has a double meaning. Which of the following is ONE of these meanings?
It's cold outside
The situation is actually not alright
There are two meanings to the phrase "fine and dandy," depending on the context. One of them is used sarcastically to say that something is not alright. The other meaning is to express actual content and happiness.
Someone who gets scared easily might be associated with which of these phrases?
"Beatin' around the bush"
"She would argue with a fence post."
"If it had been a snake, it’d bit you."
"Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs"
"Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs" is another way of saying that someone gets scared too easily. For example, "That horror movie made her as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockin’ chairs."