WORDS THAT NON-SOUTHERNERS NEED TO KNOW WHEN TRAVELING BELOW THE MASON-DIXON LINE
We can be friendliest and most hospitable area to visit. The Southeast is full of charm, history...and a language all to its own. Don't be alarmed, just be prepared. What would you add to the list?
- •HeyThis does not refer to something that cattle graze on. In the South, this is considered a formal greeting. Unlike Latin, there is no grammar change needed based off gender- it works for everyone.
- •Y'allUsed when referring to a group, often preceded by the word "hey." There are no other acceptable version- "ya'll" or "you guys" only indicate that you are an intruder.
- •Puttin' it upThis has no thing to do with direction or an ascension upwards. It simply means to return something to where it belongs.
- •Iced TeaHere that means it is sweet unless you specifiy "unsweet tea". Make sure you add the word "please" at the end....otherwise you'll likely get iced tea.
- •Duck TapeWe use this to fix everything. I've heard it exists outside of the South and that they call it "Duct Tape."
- •Ma'amI've been getting ma'amed in the south since day one by anyone in a service situation. But specifically, by children. People expect their kids to say sir and ma'am and if they don't it's disrespectful! I also get called Miss Becca by children because using just my first name would be considered rude.Suggested by @beccatillinghast