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Southern Slang Dictionary

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Rag-baby
Function: Noun
A doll.

Reckon
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.

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

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

Ruther
Function: Verb
Form of rather.

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

Sho 'Nuff
Function: Contraction
Sure enough.

Show
Function: Noun
A movie.

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

Skedaddle
Function: Verb
Run, scatter.

Slap your pappy
Function: Colloquialism
To pat your stomach.

Snug As A Bug
Function: Colloquialism
Comfortable, cozy.

Tarnation
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

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

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

Uppity
Function: Adjective
Conceited.

Varmint
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
Drunk.

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

Washateria
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.

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

Yaller dog
Function: Colloquialism
A coward.

 

Yankee
Function: Noun
Someone from the North.

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

Yonder
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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