Top 15 Country Sayings

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Here in the South, people tend to have their own way of communicating. There are very unique phrases in the South that almost seem like a foreign language to people who reside in other parts of the country — mainly because southern terminology lacks any real rhyme or reason to non-southerners. Nevertheless, if you’re from the South, you understand these sayings perfectly.

Here are our favorite Countryisms/Southernisms:

15. Bless his/her heart! (Dear Northerners, this may sound sincere, but it’s extremely sarcastic … now you know!)

14. Grinning like a possum eating grits out of a light socket. (Grits are a southern thing. We eat them for breakfast.)

13. When life gives you scraps, make a quilt. (This is a lot like the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”)

12. Whatever cranks your tractor! (Equivalent to “whatever floats your boat!)

11. He/she’s not the brightest crayon in the box. (Similar to “He/she’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”)

10. There’s more than one way to skin a cat. (We know what you’re thinking … why the hell would anyone want to skin a cat? All we are really trying to say is, there’s more than one solution for the situation at hand.)

9. Every path has some puddles. (Don’t get muddy or turn around and go back! Just keep going and the path will eventually lead you to where you want to go.)

8. She could start an argument in an empty house. (Pretty self explanatory. Come on, everyone has a friend that will argue anything, even if they are wrong.)

7. He/she is dumber than a box of rocks. (We say this regarding someone who is beyond stupid … as in, there’s no teaching him or her.)

6. Your getting too big for your britches. (This is often said when talking about a child who is being a smart aleck, and needs to be dealt with.)

5. Hold your horses. (Yeah, yeah … we know. If you’re from the North, you probably don’t have horses. Btw, we don’t actually want you to hold on to your horses, we just want you to wait a minute, geez!)

4. Want to go muddin’? (We’re guessing you’ve probably never rode a four wheeler, sigh.)

3. … Here in the South we like to go hog wild! (You northerners simply like to have a good time. Hog wild is way better, just so you know!)

2. He/she was caught with their pants down. (No, not really! Get your mind out of the gutter. When we say this in the South, it means that they were unprepared for a situation.)

1. You Yankee! (If you’re from the North, we “affectionately” refer to you as a Yankee.)

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