Top Ten 'Deep South' Sayings
There's so much that makes an area of the country unique -- the food, the way that the trees and houses look, and certainly, the way that people talk (think the heavy accent of New York City natives and the soft, soothing drawl of Southerners).
Like travel writer Julia Sullivan in Dancing Naked in Dixie (and anyone 'new' to life in the Deep South) there's a lot to learn about the history, culture, and customs. If you visit anyone below the Mason Dixon Line, here are ten of the Top Southern Sayings --and loose translations-- guaranteed to bring you a chuckle!
1. Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers (Frantic or very nervous and jumpy)
2. Didn't just fall off a turnip truck (I know exactly what is going on, I know what you are talking about, You can't fool me!)
3. Full of piss and vinegar (That child has very bad behavior)
4. Not the sharpest tool in the shed/brightest lightbulb in the box/sharpest tool in the drawer (Not very smart)
5. Bless your heart/Bless his heart (Usually an expression of empathy or sympathy, often used when discussing someone who has had bad luck or has made a bad choice)
6. Mad as a wet hen/Mad as a hornet (Really angry!)
7. Running around like a chicken with its head cut off (Frantic, Rushing around)
8. Lord (Lawd) have mercy (A phrase used in surprise or shock)
9. She's so pretty (She's so stupid)
10. She looks like a painted city woman (A nice way of saying that a woman looks like a prostitute)
You'll find plenty of fun Southern phrases and eclectic sayings in 'Dancing Naked in Dixie.' Which are your favorites? Any I should have included?
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About Dancing Naked in Dixie
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by Monterey Press
Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired.
With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she's offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage.
Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia's story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?