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10 Words and Phrases That Only Mississippians Will Understand

It takes much more than a southern drawl to speak like a true southerner. And when you’re referring to Mississippi, there’s a whole slew of words and phrases needed to sound like a real native. So, if you “reckon” you’re up for it, check out our cheat sheet that’ll have you sounding like a real Mississippian before you know it.

From the “y’alls” to the “bless your hearts,” the state really does have a language all its own. With such a colorful vocabulary, how could anyone not to love Mississippi?



Daniella DiRienzo
Even though she was born in New York, Daniella has lived in the south pretty much her entire life. The self-proclaimed southerner graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2011. Since graduation, she has worked as a freelance writer for several websites and opened a clothing consignment shop in her town of Picayune, MS.