I got tickled the other morning when Little Buddy looked at me and said, “Mama, it looks like it’s gonna come up a cloud.”
All I could think of was, “Praise the Lord, I’m raising a Southerner!”
Daddy would be so proud to know his only grandson knew what the term “come up a cloud” meant and used it correctly in a sentence.
It made me start thinking of other “Southernisms” and giggling over them as Little Buddy and I shared some of our favorites. So I thought it would fun for us to share our favorite “Southernisms” with each other, too. Who knows, we may each learn a few new ones or it may jog our memories of some old-time family favorites that we haven’t thought of in a long while.
Here are a few of my favorites:
- finer than a frog hair split four ways
- now, that dog will hunt!
- living in high cotton
- don’t hold water
- can’t hold water
- comin’ up a cloud
- fixin’ to
- mad as a wet hen
- you better fish or cut bait
- good Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise
- over yonder
- well, I never!
- busier than a one armed paper hanger
- hold your horses
- running around like a chicken with its head cut off
- nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
- don’t put the cart before the horse
- don’t count your chickens before the eggs hatch
- it’s like herding cats
- that’s a tough wagon to pull
- well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit
- hush your mouth or hush my mouth
- bless your heart
- dumb as a post
- as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine
- I heard they ate supper before they said grace
- She could haunt a house
- in a coon’s age
- like a bump on a log
- sick as a dog
- she could eat corn through a picket fence
Now, I know I had to have forgotten some, so please leave your favorites in the comments. I know you have to have heard some great ones, too.
And since we’re talking about Southernisms, I couldn’t think of anything that goes with them than a pinto bean supper!
A big bowl of pinto beans, a piece of cornbread, and a glass of a glass of “sweet milk” was one of my Granddaddy’s favorite suppers. He’d actually request that my Grandmother make it on a regular basis for him. She’d wash the beans two or three times and then let them soak all night long. The next morning, she’d rinse them one last time and start them cooking over a low heat on her stove. She’d pull a ham bone from the freezer where she’d cooked a ham last and nestle it down into the pinto beans to make those beans even more delicious.
Her pinto beans would cook all day on the stove with her checking on them ever so often to make sure they didn’t run out of water as they cooked down in her big pot.
Even though I love to cook them all day on the stove, I also love tossing them into my slow cooker and forgetting about them until supper time. It makes for a win-win that I bet both my Grandmother and Granddaddy would have loved!
Here’s how I make them.
- 1 pound dried pinto beans
- ½ teaspoon oregano
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 1 ham bone or ½ pound of fried bacon
- Rinse dried pinto beans and allow to soak overnight.
- Drain dried beans and pour into crock of slow cooker.
- Add in all other ingredients and combine well. Add water until fully covered.
- Cook on high until beans are tender, about 5 hours.
Add a dash of pepper sauce to these and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal!
Don’t forget to tell me about your favorite Southerisms to add to our list!