Alabama July 19, 2017
11 Phrases That Will Make You Swear Alabamians Have Their Own Language
Here in Alabama, we’re known for our deep Southern accents. We’re also known for using certain phrases that only a Southerner would truly understand. Listed below are 11 phrases that will make you swear that Alabamians have their very own language. How many of these phrases are you guilty of saying?
1. "Bless your heart."
"Bless your heart" has several meanings. However, when we say this (with a smile) to someone, we're actually insulting them.
Example: "She has no idea what she's doing. Bless her heart!"
2. "I'm fixin' to..."
We tend to use this phrase whenever we're about to do something.
Example: "I'm fixin' to go to the store. Do you need anything?"
3. "Until the cows come home."
"Until the cows come home" means to do something for a very, very long time.
Example: "She could seriously shop until the cows come home."
4. "It's blowin' up a storm."
We typically use this phrase whenever we see storm clouds forming.
Example: "We need to get home quickly. It's blowin' up a storm."
5. "Worn slap out."
"Worn slap out" means to be extremely exhausted.
Example: "After hiking all day, I'm worn slap out."
6. "It doesn't amount to a hill of beans."
"It doesn't amount to a hill of beans" means something isn't valuable or important.
Example: "His problem doesn't amount to a hill of beans."
7. "Well, I do declare."
"Well, I do declare" means to declare the truth about something.
Example: If someone is a great cook, we'd let them know by saying, "Well, I do declare that you're a mighty fine cook."
8. "If the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise."
"If the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise" means we can accomplish anything we set out to do as long as we don't encounter any problems.
Example: "If the Lord's willing and the creek don't rise, you just might pass your test."
9. "As slow as molasses."
"As slow as molasses" means "very slow."
Example: "When it comes to getting ready, she's as slow as molasses."
10. "Over yonder."
This is how we sometimes say "over there."
Example: "She lives up the road over yonder."
11. "Knee-high to a grasshopper."
"Knee-high to a grasshopper" refers to someone being very young or very short.
Example: "Back when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I loved playing hide and seek."
What other phrases would you add to this list?
For a list of words and phrases Alabamians don’t understand, click