Translate These Common Southern Phrases and We'll Guess Which Southern City You'll Visit Next

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Translate These Common Southern Phrases and We'll Guess Which Southern City You'll Visit Next
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When you are told that something is located over yonder, do you know where to find it? The southern U.S. is known for its charm, its history and its colorful phrases. After you translate a slew of phrases you might hear in any southern town, we'll tell you which of the south's cities you'll visit the next time you head down yonder. 

If you know what it means when a southerner says "that dog won't hunt," you have probably already visited a few places in the south. If you have no idea what "jerking a knot in someone's tail" means, this might be your first trip. No matter which one, you are destined to have a great time translating these phrases and traveling to some real gems of the south. Will you know as many of them as you think you do? 

We've buttered our butts and called ourselves biscuits while finding phrases for you to translate. We do hope that you'll pick up on the unique southern way of putting things and adopt a few of the phrases into your everyday speech. You'll need to know a few of them when you're walking the streets of the town you're going to see! Which one will it be?


Kitty Bath If someone were"madder than a cat getting baptized," how angry would they be?
I think it means that someone's insane.
They would be mad enough to screech.
I think it means as angry as a wet cat.
It's another way of saying "bless your heart."

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Pet possum on tree stump In your opinion, what does "that possum's on a stump" mean?
It means someone is sitting pretty.
That person is up a creek without a paddle.
The possum fell out of its tree.
Things are as close to perfect as they are going to get.

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Turtles are sitting on a tree trunk If you're "off like a herd of turtles," what are you doing?
Stuck in your shell
Moving slowly
Walking in single file
Running for the salad bar

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Rodeo cowboy and wild horse "This ain't my first rodeo" means which of the following?
Don't treat me like I"m stupid.
I know a lot about horses.
I've done this before.
Nothing surprises me these days.

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Man running on morning commute If you are skedaddling in the south, what are you doing?
Taking your time
Procrastinating
Running away
Fishing

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Red-eyed treefrog What do you think "finer than a frog's hair" means?
It means something is hard to see.
It's slang for someone who is hot.
It references expensive things.
It's talking about something that's rare.

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Hand reaching towards glowing light "God don't like ugly" means what to the rest of the world?
Ugly people won't get into heaven.
Ugly hearts are not attractive.
You should always try to be pretty.
God doesn't make mistakes.

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Hen lays egg Does "madder than a wet hen" mean angry or insane?
If you're British, it means insane.
I can mean either thing.
I think it refers to anger.
I don't think it means angry or insane.

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Woman listens to music and holds a cup of coffee "Act like you've been to town before" is a southern way of saying ____________.
Look sharp and act presentable.
Don't be so stupid.
Show me around the place.
Use your manners!

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Weight scale with a heart and a couple in balance Do you know what "I love you a bushel and a peck means"?
I love you more than anything.
I like you a lot!
Our love is immeasurable.
I have a little love for you.

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Dill pickles Which emotion is intended with the phrase "that just dilled my pickle"?
Anger
Happiness
Fear
Sadness

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Man meets woman What do southerners mean when they say "me and you are gonna mix"?
We are going to go out on a date.
I think we should be friends.
We are now sworn enemies.
We'll share our favorite cake recipe.

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Border Collie lying down Can you pick out the right meaning of "that dog won't hunt"?
It means someone is lazy.
I think it means that a theory is not going anywhere.
It means that a dog is lazy.
Southerners are saying that there's no point.

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Heart shaped branch tree What does "his family tree doesn't have many branches" really mean?
He comes from a close-knit family.
It means he's not that smart.
He doesn't know much about this background.
He's as thick as his papa.

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Gold Woman Is it a good thing or a bad thing when a southerner says you look "gussied up"?
It's a real compliment.
It's sort of an insult.
I think it's a polite way of saying you're overdressed.
It's another way of saying that you look the part.

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Evangelical Preacher Which trait would someone who "could make a preacher cuss" have?
A big mouth
A sense of intelligence
An argumentative streak
A trying personality

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Morning at home If it's "been a month full of Sundays," how long has it been?
Four weeks
A long time
A few days
A couple of years

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Arrogant man buttoning his suitcoat Someone who is uppity is which of these words?
Tall
Educated
Rich
Snobby

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Pottering around What are you being told when you're told to "stop pottering around"?
Get to work.
Move faster.
Put down the J.K. Rowling.
Get out of the garden.

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Fully fed tick What is meant by "fuller than a tick on a hound dog"?
It means your belly is full.
I think it means you are fulfilled in life.
It's another way of saying standing room only.
It's used to describe the body in someone's hair.

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Woman being tempted by dessert If you're "hankering for" something, what are you doing?
Sick of it
Wondering about it
Craving it
Crying over it

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Yellow Staircase What's the meaning behind "down yonder"?
In the south
Over there
The next town over
Below the belt

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Bread in a basket What part of your body is called a "bread basket" in the south?
Head
Buttocks
Stomach
Armpit

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American Alligator What is meant by "you can't call an alligator a lizard"?
I think it means you should get your facts straight.
You should know the right names of things.
It means that you can't make something into something else.
There's no reason to tell a lie.

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Girl Rounding Up Geese If someone "gets your goose," what are they doing to you?
They are ruffling my feathers.
I think they would be making my dinner.
It means they are angering me.
They are understanding what I'm saying.

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Tree What kind of weather does "it's so dry, the trees are begging for dogs" reference?
A sunny day
A blizzard
A thunderstorm
A drought

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Moth When you're at work, are you "as busy as a moth on a mitten"?
it depends on the day of the week.
I do get pretty busy.
I'm always as busy as a moth on a mitten.
I don't know exactly how busy that is.

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Cowgirl on horse If someone told you that you "have a burr in your saddle," how would you feel about it?
I would adjust my attitude.
I would say they have a bee in their bonnet.
I'm sure it would annoy me.
I would thank them for giving me a heads up.

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Biker Riding on a Mountain Trail Can you pick out the correct meaning of "What in the Sam Hill?"
What in the world?
It's a local trait. You wouldn't understand.
I have no idea what that means.
Sam Hill would not approve of your ways.

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White duck What does it mean when someone has a "duck fit"?
It means they are waddling from an injury.
It means their jeans fit well.
It's another way of saying hissy fit.
It's a type of hat they wear in the south.

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