Things You Learn Growing Up in the South

  • A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.
  • There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.
  • There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one’s seen before.
  • If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha.
  • Onced and Twiced are words.
  • It is not a shopping cart, it is a buggy!
  • Jawl-P? means, Did you all go to the bathroom?
  • People actually grow, eat and like okra.
  • Fixinto is one word. It means I’m going to do that.
  • There is no such thing as lunch. There is only dinner and then there’s supper.
  • Iced tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you’re two. We do like a little tea with our sugar. It is referred to as the Wine of the South.
  • Backwards and forwards means I know everything about you.
  • The word jeet is actually a question meaning, ‘Did you eat?
  • You don’t have to wear a watch, because it doesn’t matter what time it is, you work until you’re done or it’s too dark to see.
  • You don’t PUSH buttons, you MASH em.
  • Ya’ll is singular. All ya’ll is plural.
  • All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable, grain, insect, or animal.
  • You carry jumper cables in your car – for your OWN car.
  • You only own five spices: salt, pepper, mustard, Tabasco and ketchup.
  • The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but require 6 pages for local high school sports, the motor sports, and gossip.
  • Everyone you meet is a Honey, Sugar, Miss(first name) or Mr. (first name)
  • You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
  • You know what ahissyfit is..
  • Fried catfish is the other white meat.
  • We don’t need no dang Driver’s Ed. If our mama says we can drive, we can drive!!!

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