There is a great quiz on the New York Times site – Dialect Quiz – click here that asks you how you speak to determine where you are from. Take the quiz and see how accurate it is and post your results in the comments. We found it very accurate and fun.
Expressions you might hear in the South….
“Well, she’s alright, just a little ‘uppity’ that’s all” – meaning she puts on airs
A lazy man might be described as follows…
“Sam’s biggety,” He ain’t hit a lick since his daddy died and left him that car.”
This one describes an inept person.
“Well, preacher, you got Jane Smith up there leadin’ the singin’ an she don’t know ‘diddley ’bout music,”
Here are a few more that are self-explanatory
“This knife’s so dull it wouldn’t cut hot butter.”
“It was rough as a cob.”
“He’s wild as a buck.”
“It’s right as rain.”
“That stuff’s as scarce as hen’s teeth.”
“He was as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.”