This last weekend, fellow filly, Linda Broday and I went to the movies to see the Hank Williams Story I Saw the Light. It is a great movie, but after I got home I realized just how many Texisums and truly southern figurative speech and words were used. I thought it’d be fun to share some phrases and words we all use in this part of the country that wasn’t even used in the movie, but are normal for us. While you read this, if you’d like, please jot down some of your favorite terms be it from around this part of the country or your neck of the woods. I am giving away a Bath and Body Works gift certificate to a reader who leaves a comment with a special jargon and its explanation.
In extrapolating information that I’ve gathered over the years, I came across an explanation of a much used southern term that is wrong … in my opinion. I’m paraphrasing part of this. The term is Y’all and the writer’s point was “It must, must MUST always refer to more than one person.” Oh man, how wrong can a non-Texan be. Okay, here’s the way us Texan’s use it.
You all does not necessarily “must refer” to more than one person; but it is both singular and plural, as well as plural possessive. Y’all come back, you hear. First off “you hear” isn’t a question … it’s a statement. Agreed Y’all can refer to one or more; however, all you all is definitely the proper way to address a group of people.
A true Texan knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit. And, a term I use verbally so much that it’s been banned by my critique partners, is catawampus.
A truly southern phrase is “Bless your heart”.
Coke in my day could be a root beer, Dr. Pepper or 7Up. It still is.
Rode hard and put away wet, is a fairly normal negative comment, especially if it’s about a person.
One I use a lot is “ugly as the north end of a southbound horse”.
Everyone, I think, uses “tooth and toe”, but I’ve always heard and used “tooth and toenail”.
I think this is probably a pretty much regularly used term, “that dog won’t hunt” meaning it ain’t gonna happen”.
I believe “happier than a pig in slop” may not be a true Texasium, but it’s used a lot.
Here’s just a short list:
Dumber than dirt. Dumb as a stump.
Snowball’s chance in hell.
Ugly as the day is long.
And, the most important, all Texans younger than the person they are speaking with always use the words “ma’am and sir”.
Okay, I’m fixin’ to get the fixin’s out of the frig, so I can fix some supper for my darling hubby and me.
What is your favorite slang word for phrase?