Six Sure-Fire Signs that You’re From the South
If you’ve never lived south of the Mason-Dixon Line then you may not agree with me, but there’s definitely something to be said for those of us that call themselves “Southerners.” The South isn’t just a region of the U.S., there’s a specific culture here, and it’s one that we’re REALLY proud of.
We’re talking about sweet tea and Southern hospitality. Saying ma’am and sir, please and thank you.
- The word y’all is a staple of your vocabulary. No one raised in the South can escape the use of this word (it’s even in Webster’s dictionary now). Come on now y’all, it just sounds better than you guys or you all anyway!
- You live by the saying “You’ll catch more flies with honey.” You’d be surprised how far a smile and friendly laugh will get you. In the South, manners aren’t just important, they are essential.
- Riding down dirt roads is a form of entertainment. Those raised in the South know that some problems just call for a ride down an old dirt road.
- Your family may be crazy but they’re more important than anything else! You may not like that crazy uncle who talks too loud and makes inappropriate jokes, but you sure do have to love him!
- You have at least one friend/family member that uses words/sayings that would be considered Southern jargon, otherwise known as Southernisms. The list of these Southernisms is nearly endless, but a few favorites:
Skedaddle- leave quickly
Hissy Fit- loss of temper ( I may have thrown a few of these on occasion)
I’m fixin’ to – about to
Bless your heart- a polite way to make fun of someone
Crazy as a sprayed roach- this one is pretty self-explanatory
- A home-cooked meal must be prepared with vegetable oil, Crisco or butter. Southerners enjoy their fried food and don’t forget the sweet tea to wash it down. There is a reason why we’re known for our cooking J
“Being Southern isn’t talking with an accent…or rocking on a porch while drinking sweet tea, or knowing how to tell a good story. It’s how you’re brought up — with Southerners, family (blood kin or not) is sacred; you respect others and are polite nearly to a fault; you always know your place but are fierce about your beliefs. And food along with college football — is darn near a religion.” ― Jan Norris