Georgia June 07, 2015
10 Words And Phrases You’ll Only Understand if You’re From Georgia
Like everything else, Georgia has its own phrases and sayings that only natives understand! For all the non-Georgia folks, here is a guide to our southern vernacular.
1) Bless Her Heart!
True southern women are ladies, and you will not catch us being ugly! "Bless her heart," or "that poor thing," is a way to turn a judgmental statement into something sweet!
2) Hey Darlin'
"Darlin'" is a term of endearment between old friends!
No matter how old or young a Georgian is, they will always call their father "Daddy!"
4) Quit Being Ugly!
Something your mama says when she catches you gossiping/being mean/hitting your siblings.
5) Yes Ma'am!
Georgia sayings start and end with manners. You may be surprised to hear someone older than you refer to you as "ma'am" or "sir."
This wouldn't be a list of Georgia sayings without "y'all". This is a common word in our vernacular--"hey y'all," "where y'all goin'?", and "hope y'all doin' well!"
7) Thank You Kindly
Yes our southern hospitality is charming. We absolutely abhor bad manners, so we always make sure to thank others for everything they do.
8) How's Your Mama 'Nem?
In addition to always calling your father, "daddy", we call our mothers "mama" and when asking about a friends' family we always start with the saying, "how's your mama 'nem?"
9) Lawd Have Mercy!
Here in the south we saying everything with exclamation! Lawd!
We don't articulate Atlanta, we say "Atlanna".
Can you relate to these phrases? Are there any phrases that your mama used to say to you growing up? List them in the comments below.