Southern sayings, quotes and expressions

So many of us in the south were privileged to grow up around a southern belle or two and at least a few great southern gentlemen. Part of our “raisings” consisted of exposure to great southern sayings and quotes that often taught valuable and common sense lessons. Of course, some of the expressions were just downright vulgar or silly but southern sayings in general have a special place in our hearts and we bet they do in yours as well. Here’s some we’ve collected from the memories of the cast and crew.

Aunt Betty used to say, “Why don’t you just take a long walk off of a short pier”

My grandfather used to say, “You can get more bees with honey, than with vinegar”

Mama Anderson used to say something along those lines…”Who the Sam Hill was that…?

Aunt Hattie used to say, “He was drunker than Cooter Brown.”  – who is Cooter Brown anyway?

My grandfather used to say, “It is hotter than Kelsey’s nuts.” – so who was Kelsey?

My grandfather used to say, “He was dumber than a flat rock”  or “he/she is about as dumb as a box of rocks.”

An old favorite,”He lied like a rug.”

A film favorite, “bless your heart”

A scolding mother might say, “don’t be so common”

Uncle Harry said, “he’s as useless as a pocket on the back of a shirt.”

My Aunt Janice used to say,” if you lay down with dogs you wake up with fleas”

You know someone’s country uncle would say,”if you can’t hang with the big dogs, then n stay off the porch!”

“Saucered and blowed,” means, “ready” (as in ready to shoot).

Many of us used the saying, “I’m sicker than a dog.”

And when weaving a good yarn, he was “deader an a doornail”

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  1. Mike Ott says:

    “That dog don’t hunt” meaning that was a bad idea

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