Southern Sayings Ya’ll Will Love

I’ve been a southerner my entire life, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t gotten around! I never realized how many unique sayings we have down here until I traveled to other parts of the country. I have to say, I miss them when I’m away.

These are a few of my favorites. They crack me up. Feel free to leave some of your own!

  1. If that boy had an idea it would die of loneliness.
  2. My cow died last night, so I don’t need your bull.
  3. Madder than a wet hen.
  4. Hotter than four hells.
  5. Busier than a one legged cat in a sandbox.
  6. Her pants were so tight, you could see her religion.
  7. It’s so dry the trees are bribing the dogs.
  8. You best leave me alone, or I’m gonna’ cream your corn.
  9. Well, butter my backside and call me a biscuit.
  10. Finer than frog hair and twice as ticklish.
  11. I’ll slap you to sleep, then slap you for sleeping.
  12. Quicker than a hot knife through butter.
  13. He fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.
  14. Hotter than blue blazes.
  15. If you can’t run with the big dogs, stay off the porch.
  16. He’s about as useful as a screen door on a submarine.
  17. She’s as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.
  18. Busy as a stumped-tail cow at fly time.
  19. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then.
  20. Either fish or cut bait.

What about you? What are your favorite southern sayings. Or, do you need a translator for these? Let me know what ya’ll think!


  1. How bout when you eat something really really goood!!!..Normally you will hear a southerner say…”that was sooooo good,’ll make ya wanna “slap yo mama!”””…..
    ~~~~another one for ya???…
    I aint studying you done went off and got hitched & didnt even invite ME! …
    Got lots more..
    But…too little time to share them…will hafta come back when time permits..

  2. Thanks for sharing these sayings. I have heard many of them having come from a healthy “southern tradition.” I do have to admit that I hadn’t heard the screendoor on the submarine one. I will be using that one! Love them all.

  3. Here is one my dad used occasionally: “That face and a quart of buttermilk could clabber hell.”

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