Five Lesser Known Southern Expressions

You may have never heard or understood these five lesser known southern tendencies related to our (superior) command of the English language.

  1. In the South, you don't just go to "THE grocery store," but you go to "THE Bi-Lo" or "the THE Piggly Wiggly" or "THE Publix."
  2. In the South, you presume the person you're talking with has the astonishingly accurate ability to finish your thoughts for you. For example, "So after I dropped the kids off at school, I went to the Bi-Lo and bought fruit AND ALL."
  3. In the South, instead of saying, "I was once able" you say "I used-ta-could." For example, "After the accident, I can't play tennis any more ... but I used-ta-could."
  4. In the South, you equate a time of material or circumstantial abundance with the height of cotton plants. For example, "Once Jimmy John closed that deal with the catfish farmer, we were in high cotton!"
  5. Finally, in the South, you occasionally interchange vowel sounds in two-word phrases for comedic effect. For example, instead of "It's hotter than blue blazes in here," you say, "It's hotter than blay bluzes in here."

What are some of your favorite things about language in the South?