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Livin' la vida Lacy - Fixin' a list of favorite sayings
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I’m not ashamed of my Southern twang, even though my Northern suitemate from Ohio poked fun of me often in college. Time and time again when traveling, I’ve been asked “Where are you from?” or “Are you from the South?” just for affirmation of what was already assumed, I’m sure.
This even happened while I was honeymooning in New York with a saleswoman commenting, “Wow, I didn’t know people really talk like that. I thought it was exaggerated in movies.” (Insert eye-rolling emoji here.) Ross chuckled, I did not.

I love a good Southern idiom and I refuse to censor my usage of them. It’s almost like having a secret language. Lucky for me, my family uses plenty of Southern slang in nearly every conversation so I feel quite versed on each expression known to Southern man.

It’s hard to narrow down our most used sayings, but I’ve kept count over the past month by jotting down and tallying which were used more frequently. Here’s what I recorded between family, in-laws and friends.

• “Y’all” – Contraction of ‘you all’ (Hands down the winner)
• “Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs” – To be skiddish, jumpy (This is a fav of my father-in-law. That’s right, I’ll calling you out Randy!)
• “Preaching to the choir” – Making a point to someone who agrees with your position (It’s an election year so I’m hearing this one a lot.)
• “Pot calling the kettle black” – Guilty of the same thing you’re accusing the other of (Again, it’s an election year.)
• “Fixin' To” – You’re about to do something (My niece says this quite a bit.)
• “Hold Your Horses” – Stop right there (I use this when my niece is around.)
• “Well, I S'wanee” – This is a way around swearing so I guess it’s technically an euphemism for “Well, I swear”
• "I trust him as far as I can throw him.” – (I’ve heard this one quite a bit while working in editorial, but my grandparents have also used this saying for as long as I can remember.)
• “Do what?” – This means you didn’t quite hear it the first time and you need the person to repeat their previous statement (I say this more than I should.)
• “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” – This means a child usually has similar qualities to his or her parents.
Let’s face it, things in the South are done differently than in the North. My grandma saves bacon grease, has biscuits and molasses ready on Christmas morning and makes snow cream in the winter.

Other Southern peculiarities that I absolutely love is when I go in for a handshake and get a hug, watching kids catching lightning bugs during outdoor shindigs and talking to complete strangers in public just to be friendly.
I’m blessed to be a Tennessean.
Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.