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Quirky Southern Sayings We Should All Be Using

This ain’t our first rodeo.

Southerners would much rather paint a verbal picture than get straight to the point. We think “all hat and no cattle” is so much more entertaining and expressive than “pretentious.” If you’re worried that you might not get some of the more eccentric expressions on our list, have no fear. We’ll put the fodder where the calf can get it.


Daddy’s gonna skin your hide and nail it to the barn door!
(You’re in serious trouble, little mister.)

You’re old enough that your wants won’t hurt you.
(You’re mature enough to have good judgment.)

Once a man, twice a child.
(We revert to childlike behavior when we get old.) […]

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Heather is the owner of Charlie Mason Entertainment in Upstate South Carolina. Entities include Upstate Exposures Magazine, Charlie Mason Radio, and the Northwest Corner Podcast.

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