Monday, April 20, 2009

How to Speak Southern #1

You all may not know this, but I am a Southern girl living in the North. Or as my mom calls me G.R.I.T.S. (Girl Raised In The South). And I LOVE grits, so to be called G.R.I.T.S. is way cool if you ask me. I was cleaning my work area today and came across a book one of my co-workers pawned off...I mean gave to me a couple months ago becasuse it reminded her of me. The title of it is More How To Speak Southern. Wonder what made her think to give it to me? Ha,ha! It is so funny, I thought I would share some of it with my bloggy buddies. I don't want to overwhelm my pupils, so we will start with just a few for today.

Wawk - a method of of non-polluting travel by foot. "Why don't we take an old-fashioned wawk?" OMG! I so pronounce walk this way. Eek!

Fawt - What Yankees and Southerners did when the South asked for a divorce in 1861 and the North refused to grant it. "Nobody fawt like Stonewall Jackson." Way useless trivia fact: Stonewall, Louisiana is named after the ole boy.

Dite - what people do to lose weight. "I think I am going on a dite."

Supper - the evening meal Southerners are having while Yankees are having dinner. "What's for supper, honey?" *is supper REALLY a Southern thing? I thought everyone said that. For real.

Fline - to travel by air. "I am fline to Louisiana next month." I am guilty of this one too. And I REALLY am fline to Louisiana next month! Woo hoo!

Tump - this one is actually a colloquialism from my "neck of the woods". It is a combination of dump and tip. I have asked fellow Southerners from states other than Louisiana who had no clue about this word. "Don't tump over the glass of water." I honestly did not know that was not a real word for most my life until my hubby proved to me that it is not in the Websters dictionary. I was shawked, Southern speak for shocked.

Do any of you have any colloquialisms or sayings from your neck of the woods?

11 comments:

Alexis AKA MOM said...

LOL I love it, nothing much here! But when they say raining cats and dogs I really think they were talking about us here in Washington :)

Janna Bee said...

That's hilarious! I know in Michigan we called Crayons "crans" and Soda "Pop" (which gets you odd looks in other ends of the country).

Tammy said...

LOL!!! I use "tump" all tha time gal, and get made fun of regular by the Ohioans that don't understand Hillbilly! ;D

Chef E said...

My four college room mates back in the late 1970's refused to hang out with me if I did not loose that 'ack-cent', so I tried to disguise it, and now they think I am adorable up here in the NE!

Debra that is way to cool that you posted this...We are GRITS and proud!

Chef E said...

Oh and I am hijacking it, hope you do not mind, will send credit back to ya'll!

kel said...

I love these! I read them to my daughter and she is loving them!! very funny!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I've never heard of tump but I say all the rest. I was raised in rural Indiana and we had dinner at noon and supper as the evening meal. I say dinner and supper both now. Thanks for the refresher course.

Tooj said...

Isn't supper technically the midday meal we all call "lunch"? It was called supper to insinuate a supplement between breakfast and dinner...or I could be wrong.

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I saw Chef E's post about your blog and I had to come over...it's kinda funny because I just did a blog post about it myself! I am a G.R.I.T.S. as well....this was hysterical!

Rooster said...

I do check out your blog ^& it makes me laugh. You know the weather is supposed to be awesome this weekend I hope you get out & ride, I do plan to meet up with you to ride this summer!

Sandi

Misadventurous Mommy said...

Yes we do the pop thing too and when we went to Tennessee last month I asked the guy at our condo if they had a pop machine and he just looked at me like I had lost my ever loving mind. We also say supper in place of dinner sometimes. I have a lot of family in North Carolina and when we go to visit they always tell me that I have an accent which I totally do not get though everyone who is not from here that talks to me says the same thing...wierd!