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Most People Don’t Know These Southern Words

Do you know these unique southern words and phrases? Are you a real southerner?

She’s “pitching a hissy fit” means…

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Fighting back against something.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Exercising too much.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Having a temper tantrum”,”correct”:true}],”answerText”:” The literary origin comes from the 1934 US-based publication titled ‘American Speech’ which explained the concept.  “,”answerImage”:””}

“Ornery” means…

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Far too indecisive.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Bad-tempered or hard to deal with.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Can’t hear very well.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” The word ornery first appeared in the United States after the turn of the nineteenth century as a variant of the word ordinary. In the beginning, ornery described something that was ugly or plain. By the mid-1800s the term came to mean cantankerous or ill-tempered. “,”answerImage”:””}

If someone says he’s “rode hard and put up wet”, it means…

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Had a rough life.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Working a lot with no benefit. ”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Spending a lot of time outside.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” It refers to riding a horse “hard” to exhaustion and putting him up “wet,” rather than brushing him off and cooling him down.  “,”answerImage”:””}

“That dog won’t hunt” …

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”It won’t work.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”He won’t do it.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”She’s given up.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” It’s modeled on the 17th-18th century phrase “that cock won’t fight”. In the days of cock-fighting, a cock that wouldn’t fight when sent out into the pit. “,”answerImage”:””}

“Cattywampus” means…

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”An unpleasant person.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Askew or crooked.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Going crazy.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:”  It was first recorded in the 1830–40s. Originally, catawampus also meant “fierce.” It’s thought to be an American colloquialism influenced by the “cater-” in cater-cornered (or for many of us, kitty-corner) and “wampish”, Scottish for “flopping about.” “,”answerImage”:””}

“Spring Chicken”?

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Very active.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Very jittery.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Very young.”,”correct”:true}],”answerText”:””,”answerImage”:””}

“It doesn’t amount to a hill of beans.” 

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”The outcome is odd.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”It’s not worth very much.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”There needs to be more.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” “An older saying, “not worth a bean,” appeared as far back as 1297, when historian Robert of Gloucester wrote it in his English Chronicles. The American saying, “not worth a hill of beans,” began to appear around 1863; “a hill of” was often inserted into phrases to emphasize their meaning.” “,”answerImage”:””}

What’s a “crawdad”?

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Crawfish”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Alligator”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Big crow”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” Alteration of crawfish (which is itself a regional alteration of crayfish). “,”answerImage”:””}

If someone says “Hankerin”, it means…

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”To be upset about something.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”To need to sneeze badly.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”To have a strong or persistent desire.”,”correct”:true}],”answerText”:” c. 1600, “linger in expectation;” 1640s, “have a longing or craving for,” of unknown origin. Probably from Flemish hankeren, related to Dutch hunkeren “to hanker, to long for,” which is perhaps an intensive or frequentative of Middle Dutch hangen “to hang”. “,”answerImage”:””}

“He could eat corn through a picket fence.” 

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”He’s very hungry.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”He will eat anything.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”He has a large tooth gap.”,”correct”:true}],”answerText”:” The phrase reportedly originated in C. Davis’ “Diary of 1865.”  “,”answerImage”:””}

What is “Coke”?

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Any kind of soda.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Only Coca-Cola”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”A mix of soft drinks.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” It may be because of the availability, the proximity, or just the popularity, but it’s not really clear how or when it took off.  “,”answerImage”:””}

Fill in the blank … “____ than a wet hen.”

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Crazier”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Madder”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Sadder”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” When hens were brooding (angry and troublesome), Southern farmers used to dunk them in cold water in an effort to make them snap out of this phase. By doing so, they could collect eggs more easily.  “,”answerImage”:””}

“Gumption” means

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Silliness and slowness.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:” Aggressiveness and resourcefulness.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Sickness and pain.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” The word “gumption” itself first appeared in English dialects in the early 18th century, imported from Scots, where it meant “common sense” or “shrewdness.” “,”answerImage”:””}

“Well, that just dills my pickle.”

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”Makes me confused.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Makes me happy.”,”correct”:true},{“answer”:”Makes me upset.”,”correct”:false}],”answerText”:” There are many variations of the idea. Eg. “That just butters my biscuit.” “,”answerImage”:””}

“Bless your heart!” is …

{“answers”:[{“answer”:”A mild insult.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Sympathy.”,”correct”:false},{“answer”:”Both.”,”correct”:true}],”answerText”:” The phrase has many meanings and is of British origin.  “,”answerImage”:””}


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