Southern Slang







1 Ain't
Pronunciation: 'Ant
Etymology: contraction of are not
Date: 1778
1 : am not : are not : is not
2 : have not : has not
3 : do not : does not : did not -- used in some varieties of Black English


2 Air-Up-Function: Verb To pressurize or inflate. Example: "Air-up your car tires before you go on a long trip."

A larking- Function: Verbal phrase
Originates from the word "lark" which means to engage in harmless fun or mischief. To go a larking means to play a prank or joke on someone.




3 All y'all- Etymology: Intensive form of y'all
This usage states "you all" more emphatically. For example, saying "I know y'all," would mean that one knows a group of people; saying, "I know all y'all" would mean that one knows the members of the group individually..

4 Darn tootin'- Function: Colloquialism
For sure. Correct. "You're darn tootin', that is oil."

5 Egg on- Function: Verbal phrase
To urge to do something. Example: "He only did it because the crowd egged him on."

6 Figure- Function: Verb
To calculate, consider, conclude or decide. Example: "He hadn't figured on winning the lottery."

7 Fit As A Fiddle- Function: Colloquialism
In good shape, healthy.

8 Fit to be tied- Function: Colloquialism
Angry.

9 Fixin'- Function: Verb
To get set : be on the verge Example: We're fixin' to leave soon.
Function: Noun
Customary accompaniments. Example: We had a turkey dinner with all the fixins.


10 Hankering- Etymology: probably from Flemish hankeren, frequentative of hangen to hang; akin to Old English hangian
Function: Noun
A strong or persistent desire or yearning -- often used with for or after. Example: I have a hankering for fried okra. I've really been craving it."

11 Heap- Function: Noun
A large quantity. Example: Billy got into a heap of trouble when he stole his dad's car.


12 Hear tell- Function: Verbal phrase
A form of "hear it told." Often conveys that the information was passed second hand. Example: "I hear tell that the new mini-mall is going up next month."

13 Hunkey Dorey-Function: Adjective
Everything is great.
Like to
Function: Adverbial phrase
Almost. Example: "I like to pee my pants when that car hit me."

14 Nearabout -Function: Adverb
Almost. Example: "I nearabout ran over that squirrel in the road."

15 Ornery- Pronunciation: 'or-n&-rE, 'är-; 'orn-rE, 'ärn-
Function: Adjective
Inflected Form(s): or·neri·er; -est
Etymology: alteration of ordinary
Date: 1816
Having an irritable disposition.

16 Out of kilter- Function: Colloquialism
Not right. Out of sorts. Example: John was out of kilter for a while when he was relocated to New York."

17 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"


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


19 Sho 'Nuff- Function: ContractionSure enough. Shuck
Function: Verb- To remove the outer covering of a nut, corn or shellfish.



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














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Sep 9, 2012