North Vs South – The Talk

 I think it’s quite entertaining sometimes the way we interact with each other. We had a long car ride and to save our sanity, we attempted to come up with contrasting phrases, A North Version and A South Version. I stayed away from slang terms as the list would go on forever. We may say it a little differently, but we all say the same thing.

North– Push the Button
South- Mash the Button

North- Turn the light off
South – Cut the light off

North – I’m going to get my picture taken
South- I’m going to get my picutre made(older generation)

North – You Guys
South – Ya’ll

North –  He Couldn’t Decide what to do
South – He Coudn’t Figure out what to do
North- Pop
South- Soda

Anyone else have anymore phrases?


14 Responses

  1. Justin,

    Well, I must point out that it’s “Y’all” (contraction of you and all – y’all)

    (Sorry, I know everyone writes it ya’ll. But everyone is wrong.)

    A very southern phrase would be “I reckon”…in the north I reckon they say “I suppose”

    Another would be Fixin’ to – as in, about to.

    “I’m fixin’ to whip that Yankee’s ass for what I reckon he done to y’all.”

    Jesus. I think I will go wash my hands off with soap for typing that!!

    Oh, and everyone I know says “Coke” instead of “soda” or “pop” – even if they mean a diet cherry mountain dew – “Hey, let’s stop for a Coke.”


  2. Youins. As is “Youins cummin ‘long?”

    Pepsi here. Not Coke. “What kinds of Pepsi do youins have?”

    “You’s” short for “You is”

    Testes. “Carl went down to the hospital ‘other day but they ain’t give back his testes yet.”

    “Cuttin’ the shine” means showing off.

    “anem” short for “and them” and usually referring to the remaining family of an individual “How’s your mom anem?”

    Upty. “Ever since shes got that there job at the Wal-Marts she’s gettin’ upty.”

    Wal-Marts. Short for the Wal-Mart’s Store.

    Boys. “Whachew boys doin’?”

    By the way–in the South we understand some places “boy” is a bad word used to describe African Americans. Those of us who spent much time in the hills never mean it that way because most of us only knew a couple black people in our lives and they’s always been a good sort.

    Whachew – What are you? (See above)

    Treed. Can be used literally as in “That ol blue tick treed that coon” or it can be used as a metaphor “Looks like she finally treed that Siler boy”

    There’s a few.

  3. NH, Thank you Grammar Girl–
    I’ll admit to Fix’in, and Reckon

    WC, Where are you from. You’ve got to be from DEEP South, KY, MISS, AL???
    I’ll admit to Upty, Whachew.

  4. I’m from the North and for some reason, everytime I say Flick, , people down here in NC, think I mean Porn Flick, even I talking about a Kiddie Flick.

    Also I call the Police, the 5.0 or the Fuzz. Outside of Cop, I’ve only heard the Police referred to as the PoPo (so weird)

    • I’m from NC

      North– Push the Button turn on ….like turn on the tv
      South- Mash the Button potatoes get mashed …buttons get pushed
      North- Turn the light off both turn off the light
      South – Cut the light off or cut off the lights
      North – I’m going to get my picture taken
      South- I’m going to get my picture made(older generation)
      no idea made or taken
      North – You Guys …….. never heard anyone use the even my northern friends ….. You’s heard that one sound as dumb as Y’all

      South – Ya’ll ……. try not to but is Y’all you all
      North – He Couldn’t Decide what to do ….. yes
      South – He Couldn’t Figure out what to do……yes but its ….he couldn’t figure out how do something like turn on the tv …..decide is used when there a choice like he couldn’t decide between coke or pepsi …..So he got a sprite instead….
      North- Pop heard and said both or soda pop, sodee pop ,sodee
      South- Soda dope some just coke
      or u say lets stop for a drink or you thirsty i got coke ,mountain dew, etc or cola for cheap coke then cheap mountain dew or the store u brought it from…… like bilo brand mountain dew

      Mash the Button…… come on who the hell does that

      I had some creamy pushed potatoes

  5. Mostly eastern KY which is not considered the “deep south” but it is full of hillbillies. There is a lot of isolation (still) in the hills and hollers so it is sometimes like a time machine going back to the 30’s or 40’s.

    I know people who just a few years ago didn’t have indoor plumbing and running water–hauled water from the spring.

    I know people who have driven all their lives but never got a driver’s license nor did they tag their car.

    I’ve been in many homes that had one or more dirt floors. Though I will say that’s pretty rare–those people were typically very poor.

    I know of a place in Lewis Co Kentucky where there is a whole community of people–all related and often inbred–who all have unfixed clef pallets. While some of the children had theirs fixed and some avoided the deformity they all sounded like they had cleft pallets because that’s the only language they knew. It took me months to be able to understand them. Literally.

    But the cool thing is this: Most of these people were proud. Not having electricity or running water just wasn’t a big deal–they didn’t need it. They paid their bills, worked hard in their garden (or raisin’ a beef) and lived fine, thank you very much.

    If you ever get the chance to watch “American Hollow” it is a perfect picture of the kinds of families I lived around and worked with for 20 years.

  6. I’ve heard both used in my household as a child. The combination of a Midwestern mother and a Southern father.

    I am used to hearing more British sayings now from hanging out with Brits.

    They say things like queue (to line up) fizzy drinks (Coke, Pepsi, anything with fizz); taking the piss (to tease); have a word in his shell-like, (to give someone the heads up/whisper something in his ear); to be in a strop (to be in a bad mood).

  7. Sorry, I don’t qualify!

  8. Interesting, there are may differences in language of the North and the South, however it doesn’t stop there, East, Midwest and West all have there own ways of saying things.

    Subs, hoagies, hero’s, blimps – depending on where you are standing

    sloppy joes, whimpies, taverns – depending on where you are standing

  9. Mark,

    Thanks for adding.. I’ve never heard of Hero’s or whimpes LOL.. Pretty cool.

  10. LMAO!! Love the blog and the comments… I’m a Yankee from Brooklyn that now lives in NC for 3 years now. So, I’m bilingual…Yes I speak both Northern and Southern… 🙂 I’m going to add you to my blog roll, I like ur page.. Take care, Ill visit soon

  11. Pinkemeralds,

    I would like to officially thank you for stoping by the blog. I’m glad you like it thus far. YAY for a fellow NCian. Bilingual LOL. How are you dealing with the heat, that’s normally the biggeset adjustment for some of the Noo Yawkers, I know. I’m heading over to check your blog out.

  12. Love my new life in NC, of course I get homesick now and then but not enough to go back to the rat race, where the rats seems to always win 😦 The heat is fine, I have no complaints. BTW, the MP3 thing is fun so knock yourself out… 🙂

  13. i’m from indiana, but i live in louisiana now, and i’ve been as far north as maryland, and yes everywhere you go theres gonna be something different. i’ve always said pop, where in maryland they said soda, here in louisiana they say coke. then theres snuff and dip! also subs/hoagies are called po-boys down here! and here in louisiana they prefer the name coon-ass over redneck or hillbilly! which i think is kinda hypicritical considering (since theres alot of prejudice people down here) they use coon as a degrading name for someone who is black. i’ve been living down here for about 5 yrs, and still learning.

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