If I seem distracted today, it’s because I’m still excited about the print release of my contemporary romance, ALL THAT MATTERS, by Tell-Tale Publishing. I know, I know, the digital version came out in September, but seeing the actual book still makes my heart beat a little faster. I’m so happy it’s available now for those without an e-reader. So many have asked when, so I’m hollerin’ IT’S OUT IN PRINT NOW!
I had another topic to write about today, but I think I’ll save it for another time. I’m in a silly sort of mood, so y’all please bear with me while I share a little Southern wisdom I came across today while I was doing some filing. (Yes, I do that once in a while when papers get piled too high on my desk to see over them.) Besides, I get homesick to hear a soft Southern drawl or a Texas twang now and then. Some days you just have to play, you know?
First of all, in the South, which includes Texas, y’all is singular . . . all y’all is plural.
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is . . . as in: “Going to town. Back directly.” (Sometimes pronounced “drekkly”, like my mama did.)
I admit to saying “might could” and “fixin’ to” more often than I realize. Just ask my critique group.
Southerners know that grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder”.
Every Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up “a mess”.
True Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk”. Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it. “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they know to add a large banana puddin’.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say, “Bless her heart,” . . . and go your own way.
If you haven’t dozed off while reading this, here’s my question for today. What quirky regional words or phrases do you hear in the area where you live? Let’s hear ‘em.
By the way, I hear they’re fixin’ to have classes in Southernness as a second language.
Y’all have a nice day now, ya’ hear?
Loralee – in a South Texas frame of mind today