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In light of one of our jellies recent "southern exposure" what are some expressions that are indigenous to your area?

Asked by chyna (46909points) August 26th, 2017

I was talking to a student last week and made the comment that someone was “as cute as a bugs ear”. He looked at me as if I had lost my mind. He was from Maine and I am from the south. Yes, it is a saying and it means that someone is really cute.
So tell us some weird saying from your area.

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Patty_Melt's avatar

Slicker n snot on a hoe handle.

Pinguidchance's avatar

Speaking of southern exposure reminds me of the hemispherically challenged.

But who am I to say that northerners are as flash as a rat with a gold tooth?

Kardamom's avatar

@chyna Your example is very common. I’m surprised that your student had never heard that term before. I’m from CA and that has been around since I was a kid.

I’m afraid the only terms from my area are “dude!” and “gnarly!”

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

“Trump’s got more munny that Carter’s got pills.”
“Over yonder.”
“Full as a tick.”
“Sweeter than an RC Cola.”
“Slower than molasses runnin’ uphill in the wintertime.”
“Hush yo’ mouth.”
“Gonna hit you up side the head.”
“Cain’t never could.”
“A hand fulla gimme and a mouth fulla wanna.”
“You cain’t drink it any faster than they make it, so you best slow down.”

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

But that’s all old stuff that I haven’t since I wuz knee-high to a bee. But I heard someone say “I ain’t got no” the last time I was in central Florida.

janbb's avatar

Bennies go home.

JLeslie's avatar

My husband really likes to say to me, “you’re as slow as molasses in the winter.” When I’m lollygagging too much.

His mom says, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” It’s in Spanish when she says it.

Til the cows come home.

When pigs fly.

Slept like a dog. Slept like the dead. Slept like a log.

Don’t spit in the wind.

She thinks she is the sun and everyone needs to revolve around her.

He doesn’t have two nickels to rub together.

I have to pee so bad my teeth hurt.

Neck of the woods.

Stomping grounds.

The path less traveled.

Fork in the road.

Hold your horses.

Thin as a rail.

As tough as shoe leather.

Doesn’t have batteries (another Spanish one)

Not running on all 8 cylinders.

His elevator doesn’t go to the top.

Not working with a full deck.

Stupid like a fox.

I don’t know if all of those count.

chyna's avatar

@JLeslie Exactly those! I hadn’t heard the “she thinks she is the sun and everyone needs to revolve around her.” But I like it.

JLeslie's avatar

^^Feel free to use it. Like you need my permission ~. I don’t hear it often, maybe I made it up. Lol. I don’t think so. I’m pretty sure I heard it from someone else at some point in my life. I use it, and people always understand my meaning, so I think it’s good.

Queen bee is similar to that. Some sort of saying about being the Queen bee and she expects everyone to be under her control, or something like that. I don’t remember the saying.

The sun works for men and women. Queen bee is decidedly aimed at females.

I just thought of another. My mom used to say I was like a camel, because I could go a long time without needing to urinate.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I remember when my parents moved us back to the south when I was in about third grade. First conversation with the neighbor kid was something like: they have a big dog and to watch out for “dookie” in the yard. Severe culture shock on day 1

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MrGrimm888's avatar

Talk to the right people here, and their entire dialogue is comprised of these sayings.

Talk to some full gullah people, and you likely won’t understand a word. Sometimes I understand the overall content. I “translated” it once from a farmer to a Doctor from the north. As he talked, I told her what he was saying. She didn’t really believe that I understood him. But he nodded in agreement, when I asked him if I was correct. Unfortunately, that made me his liason whenever the Doctor had to speak to him…

I used to buy crickets in Hell Hole Swamp, from an old black man. He was very pleasant. But he spoke in fractured gullah. I spoke to him.many times on the way to go fishing. I don’t think I ever had a clue what he was talking about. I usually just smiled warmly, and nodded a lot. Luckily, he could understand me…

ucme's avatar

Gan to the foot of our stairs
Hoying it down like stair rods

Soubresaut's avatar

It’s perhaps not as poetic as “cute as a bug’s ear,” but hella is indigenous to my general area.

As in: This question’s hella dope.

Or: I’ve hella leftovers in my fridge.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Do you have bones in your legs? (When someone is being lazy and asking you to do something).
Banging like a dunny door. (Having a lot of sex).
Dry as a dead dingo’s donger. (You’re thirsty).
He was dressed up like a pox doctor’s clerk.(Overdressed and in bad taste).
He’s gone walkabout. (Someone has gone away. Or as my husband said when I asked him to define walkabout – “they’ve buggered off!”)
Kangaroos loose in the top paddock. (Someone is a bit mentally challenged).
Sandwich short of a picnic (An idiot).
Not the sharpest tool in the shed (An idiot).
Give it a burl! (Give it a go).
Your shout! (Your turn to buy a round of drinks).
That was a bit of a furphy. (It was a lie).
That’s a rort. (A con. Particularly something like a political rip-off).
They’re having a blue. (Arguing).
He’s talking bull dust. (Talking rubbish).
It’s cactus. (It’s rooted. It’s dead).
Do you wanna root? (Do you want sexual intercourse?)
The place was chockers. (The place was full).
He’s carked it! (He’s dead).
He’s cracked a fat. (He’s got an erection).
He was fair dinkum. (He was being sincere, truthful).
Deadset! (Real. Truth).
Mad as a cut snake. (Angry).
He’s dinky-di. (He’s genuine. The real thing).
He’s a bit of a dunny rat. (He’s a conman.)
Good onya! (Well done).
G’day! (Hello).
That’s grouse! (That’s great!).
I’ll have to knock you back. (I’ll have to say no).
He’s kicked the bucket. (He died).
Mate’s rates. (Cheap deal for a friend).
Dry as a nun’s nasty. (You’re very thirsty).
Pig’s arse! (Rubbish. You don’t agree).
She’ll be right. (It will all turn out fine).
That’s rooted. (It’s ruined).
Sparrow’s fart. (Dawn).
Grab a tinny. (Grab a can of beer).
Up shit’s creek without a paddle. (In trouble with no likelihood of getting out of it).
No worries. (It’s fine. It’ll be right).
Tell him he’s dreamin’. (Tell someone they’re talking shit.)
Wrap your laughing gear around that. (Eat or drink that).
You’ve got buckley’s. (You’ve got no chance).
To pull the wool over your eyes. (To lie to you or mislead you).
He’s a bludger. (He doesn’t work). You’re bludging. (You’re not working as hard as you could).
He’s a bogan. (Redneck. Uncultured person).
A cashed-up bogan. (Someone who is a bogan but now has money to flash).
Put a sock in it. (Shut up).
You’re a drongo (or galah). (You’re an idiot).
One for the road? (Do you want a final drink before you go?)
Arvo. (Afternoon).
Smoko. (morning break at work).
Pash. (Kiss. Snog).
Servo, Bott-lo, (just add O to many things). (Service station, off-license)
He’s being a sook. (Being a baby. Sulking).
Stubbie holder (A holder for your beer (stubbie). Bottle of beer).
Bring your togs (bathers, swimmers, cozzie). (Bring your swimming things).
Nice ute. (Nice utility vehicle).
Passion wagon (Station wagon, probably with a mattress in the back).
Having a whinge. (Whinging about something).
Shaggin’ wagon (Station wagon, probably with a mattress in the back).
About as useful as a one-legged man in an arse-kicking contest. (It/they’re useless).
Left me standing around like a shag on a rock. (Stood you up. Kept you waiting).
Up and down like a bride’s nighty. (You were getting up and down a lot. Or something was rising and falling a lot).
Tracky daks (Track suit).
Thongs. (Shoes).
Budgie smugglers. (Speedos).
Chuck a u-ey. (Do a U-turn).
Yeah, no. (It just means yeah, no).

And so, so, so many more. Australian is a very colourful language.

kruger_d's avatar

I declare @Earthbound_Misfit the winner.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Well thank you @kruger_d. After dinner last night, I can add another one. My husband finished his dinner and said “I am full as a bull’s bum!”. Never heard that one before, but it’s a typical Australianism.

JLeslie's avatar

I’ve always heard the Aussies have so many sayings abdslsng it’s hard to understand them.

I wonder if places with less non-speaking immigration tend to have more slang? A lot of slang and sayings in America actually come from other countries, and even other languages, but when 5 people are together who speak 5 different first languages, but all speak English, “standard”
English is the easiest way to communicate.

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