You Say Down South

I plan to include a little primer on Southern words and phrases on the blog from time to time — for the benefit and amusement of my friends from north of the Mason-Dixon.

Woman speaking into phone, "Hey, Y'all!"


Southern Speak:

• If someone says they’re expecting relations later this evening, they are probably referring to relatives (kinfolk), not sexual encounters.

• The peculiar Southern phrase “fixing to” means about to happen or making preparations for, as in “I’m fixing to go to the store” or I’m fixing to make supper.” Frequently pronounced: fixin’ to. Sometimes pronounced: fitna.

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