Words that we sometimes use:
I swanny look at Rachel and Billy sitting on the ground in their nice clothes! (see picture above.)
I'll or I swanee that child is out there in the mud hole in his sunday shoes!
- fixin to
I'm getting ready to do something, anything.
I'm fixn to bake a pie for supper.
1. immerse (one's hands or feet) partially in water and move them around gently.
2. take part in an activity in a casual or superficial way.
synonyms: toy with, dip into, flirts with, tinker with, trifle with, play with.
He likes to dabble with paint.
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- tinker with
intransitive verb. : to work in the manner of a tinker especially: to repair, adjust, or work with something in an unskilled or experimental manner: fiddle always tinkering with his car.
He'll tinker with that car all day long.
She'll tinker all day, but get nothing done.
1. make small movements, especially with the hand or feet through nervousness, or impatience.
A quick, small movement, typically a repeated one
You'd better not fidget because you will disturb others.
You kids better quit fidgeting was heard from my mama on Sunday morning in church.
used to express feelings of annoyance, surprise or pleasure
verb used to express surprise, irritation or anger
Doggone it, I wanted to say that!
I'll be doggone!
used as a euphemism to express anger, irritation, surprise, and etc.
Dadgumit boy I told you to stop running!
I'll be dadgum! (this could be anything from wow, surprise, anger, happiness, pretty much anything). Depending on what you're talking about at the time.
Dagnabbit if you don't quit aggravating me!
The term originates from the rural farming community in the antebellum (pre-Civil War) South when high cotton meant that the crops were good and the prices, were, too. The term has generalized to mean one is doing well or is successful.
Linda Faye and her husband are living in high cotton! They even have two ponds and a horse farm on the back 40.
Back side of the farm. In the Homestead Acts (1860s-) farmers were granted a quarter section; a section was 640 acres, a quarter section was 160 acres, and the quarter section was itself subdivided into four quarter-quarter sections of 40 acres each; two front forty and two back forty.
Example or how we use it:
We are going to put the fish pond on the back forty. (we do not have the amount of acreage but still use the term around here).
stomping grounds or stompin grounds
plural noun, stomping grounds
a place where someone regularly spends time; a favorite haunt.
or a place where you once spent lots of time. familiar places.
This next one kinda makes me sick but I heard it from the grandmas, and can't leave it out.
chew the fat
English expressions gossiping or making friendly talk. Long informal conversations with someone.
Sue will chew the fat all day long! Makes me tired listening. Bless her heart!
bless her heart
This one can be used several ways. Expression used to explain pity, precious or compassion.
She's as dumb as a door nail, but at least she's pretty. Bless her heart.
Janie's baby is beautiful, bless her heart.
Jim's wife is so sick, bless his heart.
These buildings look all cattywampus!
- catawampus or cattywampus
That picture is hanging catawampus!
That boy ain't never hit a lick at a snake!
- hit a lick at a snake
She or he won't hit a lick at a snake! (Meaning he is so lazy he wouldn't chase a snake away!)
I'll leave you with a few Sayings more that I grew up with. There are many and I don't have the time nor space here to list them all, but it's been fun!
" My nose is itching company must be coming!"
" My nose is itching company must be coming!"
"My right hand is itchin, I must be coming into some money!"
"Oh no I heard an owl hootin three times last night!"
(superstition meaning hope nobody dies)
"He is crazy as a bed bug!"
"I love you a bushel and a peck, and a hug around the neck"
(song sung to children.)
"I'm full as a tick"
(meaning I ate way too much!)
"The lights are on but nobody's home!"
(meaning they aren't too bright.)
"You ain't from round here are you?"
(you don't know what I'm talkin about do ya?)
"What'd you come for a match?"
(Chuck's mother taught me that one meaning: your visit was so quick" I think 😏)
"Don't let the screen door hit you where............you!"(you can finish that one if you know it! :))
I know I'm bad...😃😂😁...
or nicely put
"Don't let the screen door hit you on the backside on the way out."
"Y'all come on back now ya hear!"
(meaning I love them hope they come back soon to visit.)
(not with their mattress strapped to the top of the car! 😅😁😃)
Have a good weekend!