Saturday, August 26, 2006

it's a Southern thing

I hear so many lines on Andy Griffith that crack me up because they're so country! It makes me realize that I say things all the time that no one else seems to! Then I got to thinkin', how'd I get so country? I think it's that my Mother is the queen of funny country sayings. Check out some things she has said (and still says) all my life...(you have to say these in your head with a Southern accent btw!)...

- ...good Lord willin' and the creeks don't rise.

- Well excuse me for livin'! Stop the world and I'll get off!!!

- ...poor as Job's turkey. (I heard that one on Andy the other day!)

- Well I'll be John Brown (in disbelief of something) *or* well I'll be John Brown's Granny!

- You can't get blood out of a turnip!

- You'd make a Preacher cuss!!!! (she used to say that to me when I was little!)

- They have more (fill in the blank) than Carter's got pills.

- Gross me out the door (20 years after everyone else stopped saying it.)

- She sings “Do you need a little help, no help wanted. Could you use a little help, no help needed.” (I always thought that was a song she made up, then one day I heard it on old country radio and my mouth dropped open - she used to sing that to us while she was working and we didn't offer to help.)

- Holy Cow!

Now I don't say all these but I say things like "Heavens to Betsy!" or "Oh Heavenly Love" when I get frustrated. I say, "Dear Gussy!" all the time too.

So does your family say anything hilarious that you never hear anywhere else?


Sarah said...

Tracie, you are gonna make my Mississippi roots show. LOL!

"If it had been a snake, it woulda bit me."

Said, of course, when something you are looking for is right under your nose and you don't see it at first.

You're too funny.

TracieClaiborne said...

Oh - I say that all the time! Like at least once a week. LOL

Anonymous said...

Oh Tracie - you have NO IDEA! My husband Michael is from East TN and he says things all of the time that crack me up!! Here are a few:

I've got Dunlop Disease. My belly's done lopped over my belt"

"I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a rocking chair factory."

I'm busier than a one-legged man in a butt kicking contest."

"Even a blind chicken gets a kernal of corn every once in awhile."

"Colder than a well digger's hiney."

LOL! They crack me up even typing them! ;) He's NOT redneck, just from the hills of East TN and he cracks me up! Love that guy! ;)

Anonymous said...

I've heard these all my life. Don't know if they are exclusively South'rn, but I think they are...

"Madder 'n a wet hen"
Sentence: She was madder 'n a wet hen.
Translation: She was very angry.

"Any count"
Sentence: Is it any count?
Translation: Is that sofa durable?
Also could refer to anything; used particularly often to inquire if food tastes good.

"No account"
Sentence: Her no account husband won't work.
Translation: Her husband is no good, and lazy.

"None better"
Sentence: None better than fried chicken (or fill in the blank).
Translation: Nothing is better than fried chicken.

"When pigs fly" or "When the cows come home"
Sentence: That'll happen when pigs fly, and when the cows come home.
Translation: That will never happen; or I doubt that will ever happen

"Rurned" & "Rurnt"
Sentences: You done rurned it. Also: It is rurnt.
Translation: That is ruined beyond repair. Also shows irritation toward the one who did the ruining. Could be anything from furniture repairs to baking a cake.

Fun post, Tracie. Thanks for the laughs! ;-)


doris said...

hee. i say holy cow! wonder where that one came from? oh and my grandma used to always have tizzies . . . whenever she was in one of her moods, my mom would say "your grandma's having a tizzie" . . . :D