Learn the Meaning Behind These Traditional Southern Sayings

Learn the Meaning Behind These Traditional Southern Sayings

Check out these Southern sayings!

The Southern United States has a unique culture. With every culture comes set traditions passed down from one generation to the next. Language is especially important when it comes to tradition and culture. When it comes to the South, tradition is no different. These Southern sayings have withstood the test of time. Check out these uniquely Southern sayings.

“He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”

This saying is used to describe a person as being cocky. Rather than the rooster thinking that he crows with the sun, it means he thinks the sun rises to hear him crow.

“She’s as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.”

When a person is obliviously happy, you may hear someone use this phrase. Rumor has it that when a pig dies out in the sun, it’s skin shrivels and the pig looks as if it’s smiling. The big grin that the pig has is thought to be similar to someone very happy.

“We’re living in high cotton.”

Farming has historically been the lifeblood of the Southern economy. From tobacco to peanuts, there are a variety of crops that are grown in the South. But, perhaps the most lucrative crop was cotton. The taller the cotton plant, the greater the return, meaning the wealthier you’d be. Therefore, this saying refers to you feeling wealthy.

“Bless your heart.”

It’s one of the most popular phrases when it comes to Southern sayings, but don’t mistake this phrase for a compliment. Most often this phrase has an alternate meaning that isn’t so kind. It’s an insult used to ever so politely call the person an idiot.

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