WELCOME to WEDNESDAY JANUARY 12, 2021
Southern Phrases That Need A Dictionary Definition. PART III
- “A Mind To”
If you’re thinking in your head about what you’re going to do next, planning… contemplating… there’s a certain term for that in the south. Can you think about what it might be? You definitely don’t hear this one in other parts of the country. If you’re thinking about something, you have “a mind to” do it. So you might say, “I have a mind to go over to Tom’s house to help him work on his car, but I’m not sure when.”
What in the world do you think “piddle” means? For Southern folks, it means that you’re being lazy or procrastinating at a task. We’re sure that you have more than a friend or two who “piddles” around, right? It can also mean wasting something. To use it in a sentence, you could say, “Would you stop piddling around back there and get it done?” Or even, “Jane was going to come out tonight but she piddled away all her money before Friday.”
- “Happy As A Pig In Mud”
Are pigs happy when they’re in mud? This is something that city folks certainly know nothing about. When was the last time most West Coasters even saw a pig? Probably at the County Fair. For those who don’t know, yes, pigs are very happy when they are in mud. So if you were to say, “Jimmy is as happy as a pig in mud at college” that means that Jimmy is very happy that he chose to go away to college.
- “Dog Won’t Hunt”
Even if you’re not a hunter, you might be able to figure out what this Southern phrase means. “Dog won’t hunt” literally means that the dog won’t do his job to go hunting with his owner to find raccoons, birds, or other small animals. As a Southern phrase, “dog won’t hunt” basically means “that won’t work.” This can be used as a response when someone provides an idea that you know won’t get you anywhere.
- “If I Had My Druthers”
This Southern phrase originated from a 1950s Broadway musical depicting Southern life, called Li’l Abner. In the musical, poking fun at the lifestyle of the rural South, they used the phrase “If I had my druthers…” This phrase basically means “If i had my way…” so you would say “If I had my druthers, this party would be over by nine and I’d be in bed by 10.” You likely won’t hear this phrase as commonly as some of the others on this list!
- “All Get Out”
“All get out” is a Southern phrase that means something along the lines of the most extreme example, the ultimate. It’s a phrase that you can use throughout the day in a lot of instances, though, so you might want to adopt this one! you could say, “I’m hungry as all get out.” Or, “that concert was as good as all get out.” You’re basically saying that whatever it is, it’s the maximum.
You’ve heard this one before, right? “Gumption” is a word that’s been carried over and used by many people, but it originated from the South. If someone tells you that you have gumption, it means that they think you are bold and courageous. This isn’t used in a negative way, as if you foolishly carried out something with bravado, but rather a compliment, that someone admires
your bravery. Add this one to your vocab!
- “I Declare”
“I declare” is a phrase that you would insert at the beginning of a sentence. You can basically use it in any sentence, but when you do, it means that you strongly believe whatever you follow it up with. So if you say, “I do declare, it is hot today!” You’re saying it’s really hot. Or if you say, “I do declare, this is some good chicken you cooked” you’re giving a compliment, saying this is really good chicken.
- “Living In High Cotton”
Most know that the cotton industry started in the South and is embedded in the roots of Southern culture. There are plenty of cotton fields in the South, and Southerners know that the higher the cotton bush is, the more cotton it will produce, and hence, more money.
So if someone says they’re “living in high cotton” it means that they are feeling financially secure, or wealthy. If you moved and got a new job you could tell your friends you’re “living in high cotton now.”
- “Hush Your Mouth”
This one is quite straightforward and you’ve probably said it more than once. Whenever someone gets on your nerves or continuously speaks, just tell them to hush their mouth. There are many variants of this too, like put a sock in it or close your lips. This particular way
of phrasing it is the southern way, but you more than likely heard it elsewhere. If you grew up in the south, then you know to hush your mouth when your parents are talking to you.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY people,
stay safe, and whatever you do, don’t forget to laff it up! Peace, I am outta here! Eucman! 😁
q u o t e s o f t h e d a y
Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital.
It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each is to succeed.
Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma,
which is living the result of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinion
drowned your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart
and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Steve Jobs
You have not lived today until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you. John Bunyan
To hide feelings when you are near
crying is the secret of dignity. Dejan Stojanovic
Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes
My mother and I were walking through the mall when a man stopped us to ask if we would take
part in a survey. One of the questions was; “Do you think there is too much sex in movies?”
“I don’t know,” replied my mother. “I’m usually too wrapped up in the film to notice
what the rest of the audience is doing.” 😳
Tuesdays’ Movie Trivia of the day! What movie is this quote from??? “
“Thank-you for your coffee, signor. I shall miss that when we leave Casablanca.”
Casablanca is located in Morocco, a country famous for its unique coffee. The coffee being savored in this movie would have been very strong, very sweet, and flavored with many spices. The movie, which is set during World War II, is a wonderful romantic drama and garnered three Academy Awards. This line is spoken by Ingrid Bergman to actor Sydney Greenstreet who was playing nightclub owner Signor Ferrari. It was at the end of small talk between the two over coffee in his establishment.
Wednesday’s Movie Trivia of the day! What movie is this quote from???
“Poor man’s truth serum – caffeine and sugar.”
Tuesday’s Quizzler is….
In this teaser, you are to start with the word ‘HALF’, and then each time, change a letter to
make a new word. You need to continue this process until you reach the word ‘BACK’.
You must do this in four (4) turns.
Wednesday’s Quizzler is…….
My first is a number, my second another,
And each, I assure you, will rhyme with the other.
My first you will find is one-fifth of my second,
And truly my whole, a long period reckoned.
Yet my first and my second (nay, think not I cozen),
When added together, will make but two dozen.
How many am I?
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