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Southern Slang Dictionary



Function: Noun
A doll.

Function: Verb
Etymology: Middle English rekenen, from Old English -recenian (as in gerecenian to narrate, akin to Old English reccan
Date: 13th century
1 : Count Example: To reckon the days till Christmas 2 : to regard or think of as : Consider 3 : Think, suppose Example: "I reckon I've outlived my time -- Ellen Glasgow"

Redneck Caviar
Function: Noun
Potted meat.

Function: Adjective
Very. Example: "You're right near the street you want to be on."

Function: Transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): riled; ril·ing
Etymology: var. of roil
Date: 1825
To make agitated and angry : Upset

Function: Verb
Form of rather.

Scarce As Hen's Teeth
Function: Colloquialism
Rare or scarce.

Sho 'Nuff
Function: Contraction
Sure enough.

Function: Noun
A movie.

Function: Verb
To remove the outer covering of a nut, corn or shellfish.

Function: Verb
Run, scatter.

Slap your pappy
Function: Colloquialism
To pat your stomach.

Snug As A Bug
Function: Colloquialism
Comfortable, cozy.

Function: Noun
Etymology: alteration of darnation, euphemism for damnation
Date: 1790
Used to indicate surprise, shock, displeasure, or censure.

Tarred and Feathered
Refers to the practice of tarring and feathering people who committed small crimes such as distilling in colonial America (and in England). Today, it is often used to denote great suprise. Example: "I'll be tarred and feathered, that dog just flew!"

That dog won't hunt
Function: Colloquialism
The idea or argument won't work.

Tore up
Function: Adjectival phrase
1: Broken. 2: Upset. Example: He was tore about wrecking his new Corvette. Tote
Pronunciation: 'tOt
Function: Transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): tot·ed; tot·ing
Etymology: perhaps from an English-based creole; akin to Gullah & Krio tot to carry Date: 1677
To carry by hand : bear on the person

Function: Noun
A long line on which short lines are attached, each with a hook, for catching catfish. Some times mispronounced as trout line.

Function: Verb
Etymology: perhaps akin to British dialect tumpoke to fall head over heels Date: 1967
To tip or turn over especially accidentally.

Function: Adjective

Function: Noun
Etymology: alteration of vermin
Date: 1539
An animal considered a pest; specifically : one classed as vermin and unprotected by game law.

Walking on a slant
Function: Colloquialism

War between the States; War for Southern Independence; War of Northern Aggression
Function: Noun
The Civil War

Variant(s): also wash·e·te·ria /wä-sh&-'tir-E-&, wo-
Function: Noun
Etymology: wash + -ateria or -eteria (as in cafeteria)
Date: 1937
chiefly Southern : a self-service laundry

Whup or whoop
Pronunciation: 'hüp, 'hup, 'hwüp, 'hwup, 'wüp, 'wup
Function: Verb
Variant of "to whip". To hit or spank.

Pronunciation: 'yol
Function: Contraction
Ye all or you all.

Yaller dog
Function: Colloquialism
A coward.


Function: Noun
Someone from the North.

Function: Contraction
Ye ones. Example: "Yeens better go before you're late."

Function: adverb
Etymology: Middle English, from yond + -er (as in hither)
Date: 14th century
At or in that indicated more or less distant place usually within sight.

Your druthers is my ruthers
Function: Colloquialism
"Your preferences are mine," "We agree."

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