The Grammar Belle

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Sweet, Sweet Southernisms

Happy Friday to all y’all! My inbox and my Facebook page have been inundated with requests for future topics, pet peeves, questions, and more—and I love it! Keep ’em coming. But, today I have to take a break from dispensing grammar advice to make good on a promise I made at the beginning of this blog, just one short month ago. I told y’all that what makes The Grammar Belle different from other grammar aficionados is my distinctly Southern flair.

Below are just a few of my favorite Southern terms. I will share more with y’all in future blogs and, as I do, I will add them to my Southernisms Glossary. That way, you can come back here, click on the tab at the top, and find out what in the world your neighbor means when she says, “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.”

Mmmmmm. Iced tea.

In researching (talking to my friends) for this blog, I have found out some of these were just my mom’s or my family’s sayings; they’re not all universally Southern. But they’re all mine, and so now I’m sharing them with you.

Use them as you like. Amaze your friends! Delight your coworkers! Confuse your children! It’ll be fun.

Bellyaching: Grumbling, fussing, or complaining, often used without final “g”
Country mile: A long way (even if it’s in the city)
Gulleywasher: A whole lot of rain
Umpteen: A vague, unspecified number, roughly between 10 and 99
Wallago: “A while ago” (I’ve never written it down, but I say it often.)

All together now:
I told him umpteen times that we were expecting a gulleywasher tonight. Of course, he ignored me and now he’s having to walk a country mile in the rain. When he called me on his cell phone wallago to bellyache about it, I told him he could get glad in those same shoes he got mad in.*

*“You can get glad in those same shoes you got mad/sad in” was one of my mother’s favorite sayings. It is QUITE useful for child rearing, even today. So, the next time your kiddo is bellyaching, crying, or pouting about something that he or she needs to just get over, feel free to channel Ol’ Sue (my mama)!

4 comments on “Sweet, Sweet Southernisms

  1. Laura
    September 5, 2012

    Coming from the Northeast, I was surprised to see that all of your Southernisms (except wallago) were words or expressions I heard growing up. My mom used to say, “I’ve told you umpteen million times to clean up your room.”

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 6, 2012

      Your mom would make (or would have made) a perfect Southern lady! Thanks for reading. I look forward to checking out Terribly Write!

  2. Melissa Ponder
    September 13, 2012

    My daddy always says he can get glad in the same pants he gets mad in. I suppose that shoes have always been more important to women than they are to men. Or maybe my daddy is a bit more risqué than I thought! 🙂

    There’s another southernism for you. Southern girls will always call their daddies “daddy”, no matter how old they are. 🙂

    • The Grammar Belle
      September 14, 2012

      Your daddy and my mama would have been fast friends! Thanks for reading, Melissa!

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