I am a big fan of words- a Logophile.
My husband was born in the North and I am a Southern girl. Every so often I realize we speak a different language!
In the South our words are slow, drawn out, and often unique to our area of the country.
The other night I had worked a long day and was worn out. I told my husband I was “Stove Up”. He literally stopped in his tracks and with a puzzled look repeated what I had said. He had no clue what I meant. I had to explain- Sore, stiff, worn out.
It made me stop and think that there must be other things I say that are uniquely Southern.
I “fix” dinner or am “fixing” to go somewhere
I say she’s the “spitting image” of her Mama
It’s been a “Month of Sundays” since I saw you
I’m going to miss you “Something Fierce”
If you don’t stop that I’m going to”jerk a knot in your tail”l
Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise
Full as a tick
Every soft drink is a “coke”
Regardless of where you are from our language is rich and varied- but we always need to choose our words with care. To inspire, uplift and get our meanings across. We need to be mindful of our audience, be able to communicate to those we need to reach. If we can’t do that then our words are wasted.
So I hope I do just that, clearly, succinctly with a little Southern charm thrown in.