Thursday, March 09, 2006
We know how to speak the proper English down here but I reckon we hafta sound the way we do for it to go along with our life style,,laid back and slow to anger. All things move slower in the south, so it's only proper that our language is spoken with a slow drawl.
Every so often I like to post a few words just in case a yankee might want to practice before making their way south.
a- A prefix added to the present participle to make it purtier, e.g. "Abe's a-workin in backer t'day; Ma's a-talkin to you, son!" (see also agwine, agonna; acoming, aworking, etc.)
Aggravatin- a. Bothersome. Etymology: Citified English aggravate meaning "make worse".
Airy- pro. Any but only singular: "You got airy (a) coon dog left?" Antonym of nairy.
Allow- v. To concede, grant, suppose, figure, expect. examples: "I allus allowed he'd hafta git mared."
Awl- a. Ever damn one. Damyankees spell it "all".
Bidnis- n. What you get down to or stay out of other people's, as in, "That ain't none a yore dad-burned bidnis!" (Southerners don't like "s" before "n", do you?).
Booger- n. Nose stuffing; a rascal, as in "Come here, you little booger!"
Booger man- n. Something or somebody that'll gitcha.
Cackleberry- n. Egg. Go figure.
Caint- v. aux. Can not.
Catty-corner(ed)- a. Diagonal.
Cattywampus- a. Askew, awry; not straight.
That outta be enough for you to waller around on for a day or two if you're of a mind to. Ya'll have a good day now, ya hear?