If you’re from the South, you’ve probably heard lots of strange phrases from your grandparents’ generation. Things like “slow as molasses” and “quit your lollygagging” were commonly used during their lifetime, and some people still use these sayings today. If you’ve never been to the South, hearing someone say that you’re “knee high to a grasshopper” would probably be pretty confusing, so we’re here to help you out, by sharing some of our favorite Southern phrases and their meanings! Read up, and let us know your favorite sayings that you’ve heard in the South!
“Heavens to Betsy!”:
This is a mild exclamation of shock or surprise. You may hear someone say this after a long day at work, or after a series of annoying mishaps.
“Well, I declare!”:
This one’s another exclamation! You’ll probably hear someone use this one when they’re surprised about a piece of news that’s being delivered to them.
“Quit being ugly!”:
Y’all may have heard this one from your mom or grandmother. “Being ugly” doesn’t refer to your physical appearance, but to someone who is misbehaving or acting rudely towards others.
“Fit to be tied.”:
When you’re fit to be tied, it means that you’re angry or agitated, “to be tied” meaning you’re joking about needing to be restrained. You may hear someone use this term after hearing some bit of news that annoys them.
“All gussied up.”:
To be gussied up is to get dressed up for a night out. You may hear someone commenting on another person’s outfit.. “Well aren’t you all gussied up?”
“Knee high to a grasshopper.”:
This is a strange one that isn’t used very often anymore, but it just means that someone is small physically, or very young.
“You’re a peach!”:
Last but not least, and probably the most common phrase still used today, is “you’re a peach”. This phrase is a compliment given to someone, meaning sweet or cute. You could also say you’re a “doll” or “gem”.
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