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13 Things That Give Away Your Southern Roots
Sep 28/16

13 Things That Give Away Your Southern Roots Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 2 Comments

We asked the Bourbon & Boots brand followers to send us a list of unique “Southernisms” we could share with our audience.  We culled out the typical Y’all’s, Sweet Tea’s, and Bless Your Hearts and selected some off-the-beaten path expressions used exclusively by Southern patriots.


1. Lagniappe: a little bit of something extra (especially for those from N’Awlins and the Gulf area)

2. Pocketbook: girls from the deep South are known to call it this instead of a purse.



3. Po’Boy: a long sandwich, usually served with fried oysters, shrimp or fish. But in NOLA, your po’boy could even have plain deli meat. Po’Boys are really defined by their good, long crusty French bread.

4. Sweeper: as in run the sweeper referring to the vacuum cleaner. 

5. “Oh Honey” : the proper way to start most any sentence. 

6. Fixin’ to: used to let your compatriot know what’s up. As in “I’m fixin’ to make me a drink”

7. Buggy: it’s not a shopping cart, it’s a buggy

8. Might Could: a polite way of considering a request while considering all the work required. 

9. “Dumber than a box of rocks”: a kind way to describe someone a few bricks short of a full load.

10. Caddywompus: a more fun way to say sideways

11. Access Road & Main Roads: There are only two kinds of roads, the access road and the main road. If the D.O.T. is working on the highway, there’s only one road to get back on your route again and it’s via an “access road” not a “service road”. And by the way, if you live in the South, that construction is going to take five years just to pave two lanes. Especially if it’s I-75 in Georgia or Florida. Same thing for I-85 in the Carolinas. Because of this tragic lack of getting the roads fixed, Southerners do not call our interstates “freeways” but “highways”. There’s nothing free about our highways (see GA-400).

12. Clicker: you need to change the channel and want me to pass you what? A remote control?  Honey, that thing is called a clicker. There’s no controlling the remote in a Southern house. 

13. Ketchup or Catsup?: The H.J. Heinz Company started producing the tomato sauce in 1876 and originally called it catsup, mimicking the name of a 17th century Chinese sauce. The company switched the name to Ketchup to differentiate from the Chinese sauce and Ketchup caught on as the primary name of the tomato sauce in North America.  However, there are still pockets of area in the deep south that still call it Catsup.  

Did we miss any of your favorites?  Let us know so we can include in our next edition. 




Laura on November 08 2016 at 06:26AM

Hose pipe. Mind you, I don’t say it anymore, but I grew up calling it that.

Alicia savoy on October 03 2016 at 09:06PM

To get down as in to get out of the car. Let’s get down and go in the store.


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