I love living in the South, but I never really appreciated it until I moved away. While away, I missed a lot of things about southern living, but I think, more than anything, I missed the expressions.
My grandmother had some marvelous sayings, but when I was younger, I didn't really pay attention to them. Now that she's gone, I wish so much that I'd written them down.
Here are some of the ones I remember:
"I've got a bone in my leg." No, I never understood why she said this, but she said it a lot.
"My get up and go has done got up and went." The older I get, the more I understand this one.
"Sugar foot, molasses and sassafras tea." This was my grandmother's favorite way to curse.
My husband is pure southern, but grew up in Tennessee. They have different sayings there. Here's some of his:
"Well, I'll swan." I have no idea what this is, and I keep waiting for him to do it.
"You don't know beans from apple butter." No, he'd never dare say that to me!
When he was a child, his mother used to say, "Jim, I've never seen your equal." For years, Jim thought she said eagle; he said he looked everywhere for that eagle.
My favorites? Well, funnily enough, I don't really pay attention to saying them. I do know I say:
"Well, bless your heart." But what true southerner doesn't?
"Heavens to Betsy." Have no idea what this means, but used to say it all the time. I don't even know anyone named Betsy.
So, what about you? What are your favorite southern sayings? Do you know their origins or are you like me and you just grew up with them?