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Southern US Dialect / Glossary

United States of America [US]

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The dialect of the southern United States.

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  • Aa

  • a-- A prefix added to the present participle to make it purtier (see also agwineagonna acomingaworkingetc.)

  • Afore- prep. Just as good as before in some parts.

  • Aggervatin- a. Bothersomeupsetting. Etymology From citified English aggravate meaning make worse

  • Agonna- v. aux. Future tense auxiliary

  • Agwine- a. Heard mostly in the mountains.

  • Ahere- adv. In this direction

  • Aint- v. cont Contraction of am not. Not really a Southern contribution but usually attributed to them. The problem is not the wordbut the use of the word to replace isnt and arent. Dr. Goodword has much more so say on this topic.

  • Air- adv. Close to the listenerwhich arrived through normal channels. Not to be confused with what you breatheerr.

  • Air up- v. Put air in

  • Airy- pro. Any but only singular You got airy coon dog left? Antonym of nairy.

  • All- n. A petroleum-based lubricant Fill up dall n check duh g muh pickup. Yankees drag this meager three letter word out into three syllables (o-ee-yul) for reasons linguists have yet to explain. (For regular all see awl.)

  • Allus- adv. Always. Does Roscoe allus keep six pickups on cinderblocks in his back yahd?

  • Anglun- n. The country that gave us Anglish.

  • Any count- n. Of any value Is attur fried chicken yalls eatin any count? A question with this phrase in it has only a negative answer No count.

  • AreR- n. 60 minutes

  • Atter- p. After

  • Awfully- adv. Substitute for verywhich cant be used south of the Mason-Dixon line. Very is avoided in the South. See also mighty.

  • Awl- a. Ever damn one. Damyankees spell it all.

  • Bb

  • Backer- n. A large cultivated weed you can smoke legally. (Southerners dont get all that excited about the syllable in front of the accented one.)

  • Backer barn- n. Where you cure your backer of what ails it (and what dont).

  • Bait- n. A sufficient portion

  • Ball- A Mardi Gras Krewe s formal event and dance

  • Ball- A Mardi Gras Krewe s formal event and dance

  • Bammer- n. The state west of Jawjuh. The biggest town is Buhminhayum

  • Banquett - Sidewalk--French meaning a small bank along the road

  • Banquett - Sidewalk--French meaning a small bank along the road

  • Bard- v. Past tense of borry

  • Bare- (also byer) n. An alcoholic beverage made of barleyhops and yeast.

  • Bayou - Slow stream or body of water running through a marsh or swamp.

  • Bayou - Slow stream or body of water running through a marsh or swamp.

  • Be-ins- conj. Sinceifso long

  • beaucoup crasseux- very dirty

  • beaucoup crasseux- very dirty

  • beaux beaux- a scrape or bruise

  • beaux beaux- a scrape or bruise

  • Biddy- n. Baby chicken or a middle-aged female human old biddy.

  • Bidnis- n. What you get down to or stay out of other peoplesThat aint none a yore dad-burned bidnis! (Southerners dont like s before ndo you?).

  • Big Easy - The Big Easy became the official nickname for New Orleans after a contest was run years ago. Historically New Orleans has weathered primitive conditions yellow fever hurricanes floods wars - English French Indians Union -- and just plain hard living. Being a survivor was something to celebrate. In addition New Orleans is noted for its total mix of cultures that have held onto their past traditions and languages. New Orleans is also constantly celebrating! There are music festivals food festivals etc. throughout the year. The bottom line is that The Big Easy won because it fits! If it s fun tastes good sounds right - then we re all for it!

  • Big Easy - The Big Easy became the official nickname for New Orleans after a contest was run years ago. Historically New Orleans has weathered primitive conditions yellow fever hurricanes floods wars - English French Indians Union -- and just plain hard living. Being a survivor was something to celebrate. In addition New Orleans is noted for its total mix of cultures that have held onto their past traditions and languages. New Orleans is also constantly celebrating! There are music festivals food festivals etc. throughout the year. The bottom line is that The Big Easy won because it fits! If it s fun tastes good sounds right - then we re all for it!

  • Bile- v. Heat up until it bubbles.

  • Bless Patsy!- int. A pleasant expletive phrase expressing surprise. (Patsy is the patron saint of Southern euphemisms.)

  • Bless yore heart!- int. A nice expletive expressing approvalencouragementor to soften a subtle jab.

  • Boat- n. (1) A screw with a nut on it that you tighten with a ranch(2) A marine vessal of some type.

  • Bob war- n. A twisted wire studded with barbs.

  • Bobby-Q- n. A delicious meat dish made from pulled pork roasted over hickory wood and doused with red pepper boiled in vinegar(Folks from Texas pours spaghetti sauce on beef and calls that Bobby-Q but it haint.)

  • Boeuf Gras - The fatted bull; a Lenten symbol of the last meat eaten before a season of fasting

  • Boeuf Gras - The fatted bull; a Lenten symbol of the last meat eaten before a season of fasting

  • Boogalee- A Cajun

  • Boogalee- A Cajun

  • Booger- n. Nose stuffing a rascal

  • Booger man- n. Something or somebody thatll gitcha.

  • Borry- v. (past tense bard) To take something with the full intention of returning it someday or tother.

  • Briarberry- n. The wild blackberryso called for the briars that afflict their leaves and stems.

  • Britches- n. Pert much anything worn over the legs pantsdungarees?trousers? Whats that?

  • Bumfuzzle- v. To confusepuzzleor stump

  • Buzzard- n. Horsefly or other variety of large fly. Southerners dont see much of the scavenger birdso the word was left over andwellwe put it to use.

  • Cc

  • Cackleberry- n. Egg. Go figure.


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