Thursday, January 14, 2010

"Quaint Southernisms"

Check out these selections from Robert Beard's Glossary of Quaint Southernisms.

Give yourself 3 points for terms you use frequently, 2 points for terms you use occasionally, and 1 point for terms you don't use yourself but grew up hearing.

In the comments section of this post:
1) Let us know your score (optional--you don't have to if you don't want to);
2) Leave a new term or phrase typical of this region or the region where you grew up.


  1. My score was 59

    And new word is Declare but it is pronounced dee-clair

  2. My score was 41.

    And new word/phrase is one my oldest child says frequently: Whassup?

  3. My score was nine.

    A phrase I grew up with and made famous by the epic DuckTales was “blathering blatherskite.” Although the phrase has fallen out of use, it is my desire to bring it to prominence.

  4. My score was 20.

    One phrase I've heard growing up but not very often was "what in the sam hill are you doing?". Who in the sam hill is "sam hill" anyway?

  5. My score was 29
    I'm with Sherry, just who is Sam Hill? My mom always cooked enough to feed Cox's Army. To this day I still don't know who Cox was or how big his army was.
    When I was growing up I was always told to sit in the wagon. If I stood in the wagon it would "tump" me out. Every now and then I remember words that I heard as a child. Tump is one of those words.

  6. I got a 36. I had no idea that Dinner and Supper were regional.

    My grandparents use a lot of these expressions. Especially "plumb" as in "plumb furious" or "plum tired."

  7. I scored 42.

    I sure did pack a whallup'!

  8. My score was 29.

    My great grandfather used to say "let's geddup" which was later explained to me as "let's go".

  9. My score was 54

    "If the good Lord spare me."

  10. When I was young the term 'going to the dogs' meant a form of act of failure.

  11. My score was 46.
    My new phrase is, "They can't see the forest for the trees." My family has always used this to describe an individual carlessly overlooking something.

  12. my score was 41

    As in their example of 'like-to', however 'like' is pronounced like 'lack'.