Posted by: sheenastrain | September 30, 2008

Suthun Dictionary


Some of these are from “The complete how to speak Southern”, others are from my own observations.

Bangs – Your fringe. I don’t think this is an exclusively Southern term though.
Bapdist: – Such as ‘First Bapdist’, which is the next block up from us.
Chitlins: – Fried or boiled Hog intestines. I’m not planning on eating these anytime soon.
Critters: – Depends on who you ask, but it often refers to unwanted furry animals, especially if they are in your house, basement or roof space. Includes Squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons.
Deppity:- A county law enforcement officer “Bob’s a Deppity Shurf”
Fixin’ :- Preparing to, “Ahm fixin’ to go shopping”
Goobers :- Peanuts
Griyuts: – Made from cornmeal, grits are often served with breakfast.
Redneck Riviera – The strip of coastline that runs from Gulf Shores, Alabama to Apalachicola on the Florida panhandle.
Wahn :- What Jesus turned water into.

Edit: I nearly forgot this one, “Jahnathan” is one of Joel’s friends at pre-school, and yes, that’s really how he pronounces it.

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Responses

  1. Check out Jeff Foxworthy’s “Redneck Dictionary”. On his show “Blue Collar Comedy” (don’t know if it’s still on tv or not) he had a word or two each week – hilarious! Your post reminded me of it.

  2. I was trying to think of some more, but then again I think my wife speaks English most of the time these days! And as for my two-passport daughter, she sounds so un-redeemably English that you wouldn’t know she was from the Highlands of Scotland.

  3. I still say fixin’ to (or rather fixin’ ta) all the time.

    Another good one: buggy= shopping trolley.

  4. Bangs is used in Canada too and so is buggy!

  5. This is too funny! 🙂

    You may be interested to know that when we first moved to Edinburgh I made my own little list of new words/phrases!

    I remember when Catriona L first said she wanted to have our family “round for tea”…I quite literally thought she meant that we should go over to her house to drink a cup of hot tea.


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