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Only a Southerner

  • 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, etc., make up "a mess."
  • Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
  • Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Headin' to town, be back directly."
  • Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" 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.
  • No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
  • 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, y'all is singular. All y'all is plural. (Works similar to the Pennsylvania "y'ins")
  • 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 gravy is also a breakfast staple; 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 -- we do not like our tea unsweetened...or "instant". That is not even tea. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
  • And a true Southerner knows you don't holler ugly words at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the interstate. You just say, "Bless her heart" ... and go your own way.

To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southernness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and cat-head biscuits, 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 y'all need a sign to hang on y'all's front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."

Bless your hearts, y'all have a blessed day!


  1. Bless your heart, honey, you DO know what it means to be Southern, don't ya?! ;)

  2. Hehehe, those were great!!! I'm off to make some sweet tea. ;0)

  3. Loved reading these! This is definitely where I'm from!

  4. Oh, Tori! That made me homesick!!

  5. My great-aunt was from Arkansas. She always ender her sentences with "bless your heart, Sugar"

    I've heard that you can say anything about someone, so long as you say "bless her heart" afterward. Like, "She kinda dense, bless her heart" and "Not real purty, that one, bless her heart"

    Now I'm homesick, and I'm not even a southerner!


  6. So true, so true. I agree with kelli. It's time for some sweet tea.

  7. Well, I do declare, Mizz Tori, you do have a way with words. I believe I shall retire to my front porch swing and sip on my sweet tea!

    Ha, Southern through and through!

  8. I love the sign at the end.

  9. Can I get an "Amen"? I love love love being from the South!


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