A little something that’s been doing the rounds for a long time – I didn’t compose the list. Just thought I'd share!
No self-respecting Southerner would ever call them selves a "South-er-ner." It's pronounced: "Suth’nuh." And "Southernisms" (pronounced "suth’nisms") are uniquely southern (pronounced "suth'nahn") colloquial modes of speech and attitude.
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, or what have you make up "a mess."
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder." (pronounced: yon-dah)
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Goin' to town, be back directly ..."
Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some shugah" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.
A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, ... and when we're "in line,"... we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, ya’ll is singular, all ya’ll is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart.… " and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart! And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff… bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all ya’ll need a sign to hang on ya’ll's front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."
Southern girls know: men may come and go, but friends are fah-evah !
Now Shugah, send this to someone who was raised in the South or wish they had been! If you're a Northern transplant… bless your little heart… fake it. We know you got here as fast as you could.