Please feel free to add any of your favorite Southern sayings or examples of how different word usage is from one part of the country to another.
I’ve heard my family use Southern colloquialism all my life. In South Mississippi, an opportunity to compare something using a Southernism is rarely missed out on- example, Obamacare is slicker than snot on a doorknob. Some of my favorite Southern expressions:
1. Well, I never!!
2. Well, hush my mouth!
3. Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!
4. Well, color me stupid!
5. Well, tie me to a pig and roll me in mud.
6. Bless your heart!
7. Meaner than a sack full of rattlesnakes.
8. Busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest.
9. Wild as a hog.
10. So buck toothed he could eat corn on the cob through a key hole.
11. He/she fell out of the ugly tree hitting every branch on the way down!
12. Tough as whit leather.
13. That child’s been beat with a big ole ugly stick.
14. Slick as an eel.
15. Running away like a scalded dog.
16. Don’t pee down my back and tell me it’s raining!
17. Fat as a tub of lard.
18. On me like stink on a polecat!
19. Hotter than a 2 dollar pistol.
20. Nervous as a rooster in a hen house.
21. Like a bull in a china shop.
22. Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room of rocking chairs.
23. Tougher than a one eared alley cat.
24. Faster than greased lightning.
25. Dumber than a box of rocks.
26. So ugly she/he’d run dog off a meat wagon
27. Sorry as a two dollar watch.
28. Colder than a witches tit.
29. Limp as a dishrag.
30. Rough as a cob.
31. Useless as tits on a boar.
32. Cut off my legs an call me shorty!
33. Full as a tick on a dog.
34. Knee high to a bull frog.
35. Finer than frog hair.
36. Can’t carry a tune in a bucket.
37. That’d make a preacher cuss.
38. He/she is about two sandwiches short of a picnic.
39. I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck yesterday.
40. Smart as tree bark.
41. One fry short of a Happy Meal.
42. Champaign taste with a beer pocketbook.
43. On me like white on rice.
44. That dog wont hunt.
45. You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.
46. Ain’t got a pot to piss in.
47. Mad as a wet hen.
48. You can’t hold water.
49. Tell the truth and shame the devil.
50. Running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
51. Like a snowball’s chance in hell.
52. Rode hard and put up wet.
53. Sittin’ there like a bump on a log.
54. Counting your chickens before the eggs hatch.
55. He/she done bit off more than they can chew.
56. Barking up the wrong tree.
57. Two peas in a pod.
58. Circle the wagons.
59. Wound up tighter than an eight day clock.
60. Don’t let the tail wag the dog.
61. Fish or cut bait.
62. In a coon’s age.
63. Hold your horses.
64. Does a frog bump his butt?
65. Don’t go off half cocked!
66. I do declare!
67. In high cotton.
68. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes.
69. Acting too big for his/her britches.
70. Can’t get blood from a turnip.
71. Proud as punch.
72. Dead as a doornail.
73. Dumb as a post.
74. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay on the porch.
75. Once in a blue moon.
Various parts of the country have their own idioms and expressions. There is a certain charm to the Southern talk, even if it isn’t “proper.” Thorough my adult travel and online socializing, I also discovered that many people don’t understand Southern speaking/ pronunciation . Many of the idioms are self explanatory, if for no other reason they are often compared to something common- She’s as proud as punch over that new house. However, the oral pronunciation definitely needs a Southernism dictionary. Even I admit that, taken out of the context of a sentence, some Southern speaking is confusing.