It’s fall y’all and this week’s Vocability focuses on all the goodness of southern words and terms.
These are from my own experience growing up and I believe they are common knowledge. You may recognize some of these— admission of knowledge is not necessary. Feel free to email me additional terms you do not find here and there might be another column on the topic.
6. Bless your heart
7. How nice
11. Well I never
A. Means the exact opposite and not to be said to those you wish to
remain friends with.
B. To clean with soap.
C. About to; correcting or repairing.
D. Sideways or skewed.
E. Bring someone somewhere but not by the manner indicated.
G. Either mid-day meal or last meal of the day.
H. Indicative of essence. Primarily used combined with “fixin” and “knock.”
I. Usually means the speaker has but would prefer to forget.
J. Crooked or skewed.
K. You are a jerk.
L. To clean with water.
M. Last meal of the day.
1. C — You would most likely hear this used in a sentence such as, “I’m fixin to get dinner on the stove.”
2. J — An example of this fabulously useful word in action is, “That hangin’ picture is all cockeyed.”
3. D — One way to use this word is in the description of someone else’s hair, “That poor girl has got herself all cattywampus and right before church.”
4. G — “Dinner is done.” Look at your watch and you be the judge of which one this means.
5. M — “Supper is ready.” No need to explain this one.
6. A — The best way to insult someone with no redemption. No northern vocabulary words can be found to embody the disdain in this phrase with the most angelic of deliveries.
7. K — When these two words are commented after a statement, it never means anything nice at all.
8. E — A good example of this in a sentence is: “Get ready. I’m going to carry you out to eat.”
9. H — The phrase is usually “I’m fixin to knock the daylights out of you.”
10. F — As in, “I am plum wore out.”
11. I — Think back to any time in the past someone has uttered this phrase tinged with shock and disbelief. That is all I am gonna say about that.
12. B — As demonstrated in the sentence: “I’m fixin to worsh your mouth with soap for talkin like that.
13. L — Rinch is the same as rinse but more fun to hear when being instructed.