02 August 2012

Fav Southernism???

Headed home for a two week vacation in Mississippi on Monday.

Yes. . .reading with the squirrels!

Going home always provokes in me memories of my fav "Southernism's."

Once, in the studium at table with a few of the student brothers and our student master, I commented on the epidemic of friar's coming to Office with astonishingly foul breath.  

Our student master, Fr. Michael Mascari, said, "Philip! Basta!"  

I finished with: "OK. But their breath could scare a buzzard off a carcass. . ."  

The milk Father was drinking shot out of his nose.

What's your fav Southernism?

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  1. JayDee10:28 AM

    Bless your heart.
    [That's the Southernism. Can also be, Bless his/her heart. The meaning depends completely on the tone of voice, the facial expression, the rest of the discussion etc. Can be a delighted expression of affection and sympathy, a cutting condescension with a side helping of pity or contempt, or anything in between].

    Bonus: if a woman talking to a dog, cat, or very small child, she might say "Bless its bitty bones!" I have heard this, and said it. :-)

    1. JayDee, this is one of the best Southernism evah! It is the universal Insult/Compliment/Comment.

      E.g., "Well, bless your heart! Aren't you sweet!"

      "Poor thing is just butt ugly. Bless her heart."

      "If he was any dumber his head would cave in. Bless his heart."

      It also has the effect of immediately blunting any insult with blessing. Perfect.

  2. Ok, I'm a little out of practice, but:

    from my husband - "roll you out like wholesale carpet" and "a hit dog yells"

    from me - "like white on rice" and "finer'n frog's hair"

    1. Like ticks on a terrier.

      Never heard the wholesale carpet on before. Nice.

    2. Don't know if it qualifies but south of the Mason-Dixon Line is the only place I've heard, "so ugly she'd make a train take a dirt road".

  3. A couple, though implying violence, always crack me up. "I'm gonna stomp a mudhole in ya and walk it dry!" and "I'll hit you so hard your dog will cry!"

  4. My favorite is actually a joke: "Why did the chicken cross the road?" "To prove to the armadillo it could be done!"