Some of the foods that are rather unique to the South are:
The following are a few phrases that are often used in the South.
- a mess a (a lot of)
- yonder (over there)
- y'all (You or you people--of course)
- cut the switch (turn on/off the light, TV, etc.)
- carry (to give a ride to)
- feller (a person, usually male)
Just for fun, the Dictionary for Yankees and other Uneducated People by Bill Dwyer suggests the following "Southern" words:
- AIN'T - The sister of one of your parents.
- BEGGER - Some people just naturally grow this way over smaller people.
- CHAIR - "C'mon naow, let's hair a big CHAIR for the team."
- GOWN - "Pappy's GOWN to Birming'ham."
- HOMINY - What number, i.e., "HOMINY children do you declare?"
- LACK - Enjoy, i.e., "If yo' LACK biscuits, you'll LACK my mammy's."
- MINT - Intentions, i.e., "Ah MINT to call, but it slipped my mind."
- NECKS - What the barber says after he's finished with a customer.
- PEARS - Appearance, i.e., "She PEARS to be sickly."
- PIN - "This PIN don't write, hit's outten eenk."
- POLICE - A term of politeness all southern children are taught, i.e., "POLICE get off my foot, ya clumsy ox!"
- PUTTY - What you are if you're not ugly.
- ROUGH - The cover over a building.
- SNOWS - Many a wife is kept awake nights by a husband who SNOWS.
- TAR - If one blows out, it's nice to have a spare.
- WAR - You'll find it strung between telephone poles.
- YEAR - You have one on each side of your head.
The following words were submitted by readers:
- FISH-CAMP - A seafood restaurant (submitted by Neal Konneker)
- FIXIN' - About to do something...."fixin' to go to the store" (submitted by Lynn Daughtry)
- RECKON - I figure - "I reckon I ought to go now" (submitted by Lynn Daughtry)
- MASH - To push as in a button or a gadget... "mash the button" (submitted by Juli Dalton)
- LIKE TA HAVE - To almost, as in "I'd like ta have hit him" (submitted by Nick Christensen)
- IN FRONT OF - Across the road, as in "They live in front of so-and-so" (submitted by Barry Anderson)
- FUR PIECE - As in "Oh, it's jest a fur piece down the road..." (submitted by David Tedder)
- WINDAS - Pronounciation of windows