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Southern Slang


The South is full of colorful language. Here are a few bits I've picked up over the years.

Send me some of yours.



Ugly as homemade sin.

Dumber than a stump.

Older than dirt.

Too poor to pay attention.

Poor as Job’s turkey.

So tight he squeaks.

If brains were leather, he couldn’t saddle a flea.

So clumsy she couldn’t stand up in a cleared 10 acre field.

So lazy he wouldn’t work in a pie factory as a taster.

Even a blind hog sometimes finds an acorn.

If his brains were TNT they wouldn't be enough of it to tip over a bottle cap.

          Uglier than a lard bucket full of armpits.

That kid ain't knee-high to a duck.

Your momma's so fat, when she stepped up on the scale to be weighed, it said "To be continued."

He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

She's so stuck up, she'd drown in a rainstorm.

You are full of gas with nowhere to go.


It’s more than I can say grace over.

There’s no need for pockets on a dead man’s coat.

If you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.

If you lie down with pigs you’ll get up with mud.

If the good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise.



Run around like a chicken with its head cut off.

A tough row to hoe.

Rougher than a cob.

Older than dirt.

Hotter than Satan’s housecat.

Like white on rice.

That was so good if you put it on top of your head, your tongue would slap your brains out tryin’ to get to it.

Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit. (Meaning, That's amazing or I never thought of that.)

Like trying to herd cats. (something that is hard to do)

It's so dry, the trees are bribing the dogs.

Cute as a toe sack full of puppies.

My cow died last night so I don't need your bull.

Don't pee down my back and tell me it's raining.

He's as country as cornflakes.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit.

This is gooder'n grits.

Busier than a cat covering crap on a marble floor.

If things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy it.

This will jar your preserves.

It's fixin' to come up a bad cloud.

That dawg don't hunt.

I'ts been hotter'n a goat's butt in a pepper patch.

Every now and then, even a blind pig finds an acorn.

He ran like his feet were on fire and his ass was catchin'.

When something is slap wore out, it's "Gone to the Yanks."

Have a cup of coffee, it's already been "saucered and blowed."

Nervous as a cow with a bucktooth calf.

Nervous as a whore in church.



I’ll jerk a knot in your tail.

I’ll snatch you bald headed.

I’ll knock you into next week.

Git outta here an' go let your pups suck! 

Shut up, or I'll slap you stem-whinin'.

I'll whup ya like a rented mule.


a mess of - unit of mass

dern near - almost

et - as in "I et too much at th barberque, Myrtle"

plumb - totally

goshdawg - exclamation

dawg - four legged animal found under the porch

dawggonnit - exclamation of frustration

high tail it - go at a rapid speed

hit the road - leave

hollard - yelled

didjya ever - have you ever



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