Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Only A Southerner

I stole this from Possum's blog, who apparently also stole it from someone's blog. But, since I've been spending so much time in the South recently, I thought it was fitting. And being out West now, I have to say, I miss all y'all back in Tennessee!


Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas,beans, etc., make up "a mess."

Only a Southerner can show or point out to you, the general direction of "yonder."

Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, ... As in: "Going to town, be back directly."

Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!

Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines ... And when we're "in line", We talk to everybody!

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.

In the South, y'all is singular .... All y'all is plural.

Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.

When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart"...And go your own way.

And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff ... Bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!

And for those who are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'alls front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could"


Anonymous said...

If I ever say y'all, please shoot me.

Mise en Place said...


I LOVE you!!!!

Real Live Lesbian said...

Come on back, Sweetness! I'm savin' your spot.

Twisted Cinderella said...

Love this post. I am from NL and I need to do a post like this on how only a Newfi knows . . . Great post!

Anonymous said...

They left out "light bread" which of course, is white bread. I'm from the South and I love y'all.

Mrs. Alston said...

Being from the South; born and raise in SC, lived in TN, and spent a "spell" in GA; I know exactly what you are talking about. I'm fixin' ta fix me a whole mess a collards and chicken and gravy! LOL!