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Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption and that you pitch one and have the other.

Nobody but a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, Turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up a mess.

To the True Southerner, there are only a few sports that truly matter. SEC Football is King. Our youngin's will either play/cheer football or play t-ball/baseball/softball growing up...religiously.

A true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."

A true Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is - as in "Going to town, be back directly."

Even true Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

All true Southerners know exactly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

True Southerners know instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin').

True Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.

True Southerners both know and understand the differences between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and trailer trash

No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.

True Southerners know that "fixin" can be used both as a noun, verb and adverb.

A true Southerner knows how to understand Southern. A booger can be a resident of the nose, a descriptive ("That ol' booger!") or something that jumps out at you in the dark and scares you to death.

True Southerners make friends standing in lines. We don't do "queues," we do "lines." And when we're in line, we talk to everybody.

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, if only by marriage.

True Southerners never refer to one person as "ya'll."

True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.

Every true Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food; that fried green tomatoes are not breakfast food.

True Southerners understand the delicate balance of a RC Cola & Moonpie.

When you ask someone how they're doing and they reply, " Fair to middlin.", you know you're in the presence of a genuine Southerner.

Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it - we do not like our tea unsweetened, "sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.

True Southerners don't say Grandma & Grandpa, we say Granny, Nana, Nini, Memaw, Mawmaw, Granmomma, Poppa, Grandaddy, Pawpaw, Pappaw...or whatever cute mispronunciation comes out of the youngin's mouth.

To a True Southerner, no matter if you are 5 or 50, it will always be Momma & Daddy (pronounced Deddy).

A True Southerner says sir or ma'am, regardless of age, and even add a Mr. or Ms. to someone even just 5 years older. We still have the fear of Momma's slap on the back of the head to forgetting to do it.

A True Southerner knows the seasons of the South. Summer, Football, Deer & Winter.

And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 on the freeway? You say, "Bless her heart" and go on your way.

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Sorta make's ya fell rite at home now don't it? 

Nicely done Charles, nicely done.

Makes me right proud to be a true southerner! Now pass me some sweet tea, I'm fixin to make a mess a greens

That is very interesting to a foreigner like me . Every place has it's own way of doing things that make perfect sense to the people involved .  Course Southerners in the UK aren't nearly as civilised as they obviously are in the US , here they are devious and incoherent !

Just one small observation if any of you folks from the South make it over to England and find yourself in a queue at the post office , there are ALWAYS long queue's at the post office , It is best NOT to talk to people in the queue . They will assume that you are mad and probably dangerous , the idea is to pretend you are the only person there , although the occasional grumble is acceptable though it is normal to grumble to oneself in these situations. 

Oh yes most of us are either mad or just peculiar , it's from living in an overcrowded island .

great read on being 'southern' charles

good one john, LOL

Albeit that I am 35 years removed from living in the Southeast. Manners and respect for my elders has never been my weak point.

I will occasionally in conversation catch myself using the term "I was fixin' to say...", my friends love the drawl that comes along with it.

You can take the boy out of the South...

But don't even try to take the South out of the boy!

Brad T. said:

Albeit that I am 35 years removed from living in the Southeast. Manners and respect for my elders has never been my weak point.

I will occasionally in conversation catch myself using the term "I was fixin' to say...", my friends love the drawl that comes along with it.

You can take the boy out of the South...

moved from East TN in the 80s.  ya'll can call me hillbilly, or call me redneck, just don't call me later fer supper.

LOL Tim

tim payne said:

moved from East TN in the 80s.  ya'll can call me hillbilly, or call me redneck, just don't call me later fer supper.


LOL, John I will have to remember that if we ever get over there.  Thats funny...just pretend your the only person there
John Bamford said:

That is very interesting to a foreigner like me . Every place has it's own way of doing things that make perfect sense to the people involved .  Course Southerners in the UK aren't nearly as civilised as they obviously are in the US , here they are devious and incoherent !

Just one small observation if any of you folks from the South make it over to England and find yourself in a queue at the post office , there are ALWAYS long queue's at the post office , It is best NOT to talk to people in the queue . They will assume that you are mad and probably dangerous , the idea is to pretend you are the only person there , although the occasional grumble is acceptable though it is normal to grumble to oneself in these situations. 

Oh yes most of us are either mad or just peculiar , it's from living in an overcrowded island .

"A True Southerner says sir or ma'am, regardless of age, and even add a Mr. or Ms. to someone even just 5 years older. We still have the fear of Momma's slap on the back of the head to forgetting to do it."

Now that's true. My family makes business trips down South. A member took his wife once and everyone addressed her as "Miss Dee". We all thought that was cute and also amazed at that type of courtesy offered.

When I've traveled down South and needed to stop for breakfast, "Biscuits & Gravy" are first on the menu. I'm too embarrassed to ask the wait staff, and keep forgetting to ask my family, what's in the gravy? Yep it shows I'm real ignorant of that! Consequently I never ordered it.

I'm not sure if northern Pennsylvania is considered the south, but most everything on that list applies to my family.  We must be southern at heart, and just haven't wandered that far away from home yet.

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