If you are from the northern states and planning on visiting or moving to the South, there are a few things you should know that will help you adapt to the difference in life styles.
If you run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a 12 pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
Remember: “Ya’ll” is singular, “All ya’ll” is plural, and “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.
Get used to hearing “You ain’t from around here, are ya?”
You may hear a Southerner say “Ought!” to a dog or child. This is short for “Y’all oughta not do that!” and is the equivalent of saying “No!”
Don’t be worried at not understanding what people are saying, they can’t understand you either.
The first Southern expression to creep into a transplanted Northerner’s vocabulary is the adjective “big ‘ol,” as in “big ‘ol truck” or “big ‘ol boy”. Most Northerners begin their new Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.
The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.
Be advised that “He needed killin’” is a valid defense here.
If you hear a Southerner exclaim “Hey, y’all, watch this,” stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he’ll ever say.
If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn’t matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go here. (Most likely, they will be sold out of bread and milk by the time you get there.)
When you come up on a person driving 15 mph down the middle of the road, remember that most folks learn to drive on a John Deere and that this is he proper speed and position for that vehicle
Do not be surprised to find that 10 year olds own their own shotguns and are proficient marksmen. Or that their mammas taught them how to aim.
In the South we have found that the best way to grow a lush, green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.
If you do settle in the South and bear children, don’t think we will accept them as southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn’t call ’em biscuits.
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