Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thursday Thoughts ~ Southern Sayings III


I reckon ~ I guess or I suppose

Might as well, can't dance, ain't got show fare, and it's too dark (or wet, or cold, or hot) to play outside.~ This means the speaker has nothing else fun or interesting to do and so will do whatever you've suggested.

Wound up like an 8 day clock ~ hyper

Catawampus or cattywampus ~ crooked or askew

Quit actin' ugly ~ stop misbehaving or being rude

I'll jerk a knot in your tail ~ prediction of dire consequences for undesirable behavior

Going to make groceries ~ going to the store to buy food

Be sweet now, ya heah ~ mind your manners

He was so tall that if he fell down, he'd be half-way home ~ referring to one who is very tall

Lickety split ~ fast, in a jiffy, very quick

Busier than a one legged man in a butt kicking contest ~ extremely or excessively busy and rushed

Hankering ~ yearning or desire for something

If you don't stop that, I'll slap you into next week ~ another warning and prediction of serious consequences for bad behavior

Tump ~ a cross between "turn over" and "dump" ~ meaning to turn some container over and dump out its contents

Must have forgotten to pay the preacher ~ having bad luck

2 comments:

  1. So familiar! Heard lots of these when I was going to school in the south, especially might as well, can't dance. Brings back memories!

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