"THIS IS SLAP YO' MAMA GOOD"Now, I would never promote violence, especially violence against mothers, but when yo' mama cooks up something so good, you can't help but slap her? Well, then its a compliment. It is reserved for homemade foods such as country fried steak, peach cobbler, and cornbread, but really any southern dish will do.
"HOTTER THAN CRAP"This is another fun phrase that implies the weather being warmer than "poo". Down here in the south the humidity is just wretched. If you're not careful, you could literally melt away like a dog's hearty morning poo. When this happens, the above statement is slurred and well, its serious.
"BLESS YOUR HEART"This phrase is rather common and well-known, but it can mean several different things.
1. You're an idiot.
2. You're a fool.
3. Honey, I feel sorry for you.
4. I don't care, but I am going to pretend I do.
It's diverse. It's well-meaning. It's southern.
"MY HAIR WON'T DO NOTHIN'"Double negatives are daily part of the southerner's repertoire. To really send the point home you have to say things like, "won't do nothin'", "can't see nothin'", and "don't do anything'". If you can't say it twice negative, don't say it all.
"PRETTY AS A PEACH"Peaches are delectable and they are also the signature trade of Georgia. If someone is as pretty as a peach, that's a compliment. It means you are pretty, attractive, favored.
"I USED TO COULD"This phrase implies that a person once could do something, but no longer can. Rather than saying, "I used to be able to hoe my yard all day long" it is said, "I used to could hoe my yard all day long". They could and now they can't, so they used to could. Simple.
"HEY, THROW ME THE CLICKER!"The clicker in the south may also be known to the common man as the remote. We down here like to say clicker because that's what it does...It clicks to different channels.
These phrases might not have graced your lips, but give 'em a shot! You may surprise yourself. See y'all later, ya hear?
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