BY AWA DIA
When I first went to school in South Carolina I was confused as to why random people would do nice things for me. It sounds weird , but if you’re from the North like myself you’ll definitely be able to relate.
In the North, especially New York people don’t often hold the door for one another , look at each other and smile , or have the best customer service. All of this is mostly because of the large population , and not so small towns. In the South people make it their priority to be kind to one another, even if you don't know the person.
The South also has different slang words, just as any other state in America. Some of the words are self explanatory, but some definitely need to be broken down for those who’ve never been to the South.
These are a few words that I have learned in past two years:
1. “Put your foot in it!”
This does not refer to putting your actual foot in a meal. This is actually referring to putting your heart into a meal. This word is used when someone made a dish that is really good! The other day I made homemade hibachi for my friends and one of them said, “ Ooo girl, you put your foot in this!”
2. “Showin’ your A**”
I’m sure you know that moment when your parent tells you to behave , and you don’t. At some point when you were a child you probably embarrassed both them and yourself. In the South when a parent warns their child not to act out they might say something along the lines of "If we go in this store and you show your a** , you’re gonna get a whopping.”
3. “Bless your heart”
CAUTION ! This is an INSULT, it might sound sweet but it’s a facade. They’re calling you an Idiot.
Shopping Cart, the word “Buggie” is used pretty often down south so make sure you know what it means before walking into a supermarket.
5. “ That’s your Ol’ / old lady”
That’s your companion, your woman or life partner. This is referring to the person you grow old with, hence the term “Ol’ lady.”
6. “I’m Fixin’” (verb) … “Fixins” (noun)
“I’m about to/going to,” and this could be used in a sentence by saying , “ I’m fixing you a plate right now baby.” While the noun “Fixins" means a side dish to a meal. Someone might notice the absence of the mac n cheese on their plate and say, “ HEY, where’s my fixins?”
This word is one of the more simpler terms, and it’s a greeting. If someone says this to you they’re saying “Hey man.”
8. “Ol’ Boy”
This is another word for “Him.” You may hear someone say, ”OH, there goes Ol’ Boy.” The word is used to speak about a male.
It can be a little bit out of a persons’ comfort zone to live or visit the South if they’ve never been there before, but it is a great experience nonetheless. Now with this new basic southern vocabulary the transition or visit will be a little easier when speaking to people. These words may be very familiar, or completely new but when you visit the South you’ll be able to understand some of the lingo.