South Carolina July 12, 2017
13 Phrases That Will Make You Swear South Carolinians Have Their Own Language
In South Carolina we have our own language and we’re proud of it. Some of it’s carried forward from previous generations and maybe that’s why we love it so much. So if you’re visiting, or have just moved here to the Palmetto State here’s a little taste of our secret language. Check it out below:
1. Where are the Nabs?
As in: "I wish they had some nabs to go with these Ritz Crackers and dip."
Translation: They really should have some cheese crackers at this shindig.
2. Over yonder a piece
As in: That place y'all lookin' for is over yonder a piece.
Translation: It's right over there.
3. Shoot Fire
As in: "Shoot fire. I left my purse over yonder, now I have to go back and get it."
This was one of my Mother's favorite ones. If you're from South Carolina then you surely know what "shoot fire" means, don't make me say it.
As in: "Well...shoot!"
Translation: Sometimes, we'll just shorten the "shoot fire" to just plain old "shoot." Again, if you're from South Carolina you know what it means. If I curse in my article I won't have a job for long.
5. Mash it!
As in: "Just mash it, it'll go."
Translation: Just put your foot on the pedal real hard...it'll go.
6. Cut it off
As in: "Just cut it off on your way out, please."
Translation: Turn off the light when you leave.
As in: "Tell them youngins to get in here."
Translation: Tell the children we're almost ready to eat dinner.
8. Crank it
As in: "Crank it! Let's go."
Translation: Start the car and let's leave already.
9. Is it Lunch, Dinner or Supper?
As in: "Tell your Dad supper's ready" or "Tell your Dad dinner's ready."
So what's the difference really? Here's our take on this translation: "Supper" is served during the week as the evening meal after you get home from a hard day's work. "Dinner," on the other hand, is that nice afternoon meal served only on Sundays when the whole family sits down together. "Lunch" is that meal we have during the week and some of us brown-bag that lunch to save a little dough. (Let us know in the comments if any of these are different for you.)
10. Roll up the window
As in: "Roll up your window, my hair is blowing everywhere."
Firstly, there's no handle anymore and we know that but we still say "roll up the window" don't we? A smarty-pants Translation: Push the electric window button and put the window up please."
11. Fixin' to
As in: "I'm fixin' to pinch that baby's cheeks, he's so cute."
Translation: I'm going to have to pinch that cute baby's cheeks.
As in: "I need a buggy if we're going in Walmart."
Translation: I need a buggy if I'm going in Walmart. (What? I'm never going to call it a shopping cart, ever.)
As in: "Man, pull up your britches before they fall off your body."
Translation: Dress like a grownup and pull up your pants.
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