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Sixteen Things All Southerners Know By Heart
Sep 19/16

Sixteen Things All Southerners Know By Heart Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 34 Comments

Life in the South is a bit different than the Coasts or Midwest.  Our traditions are long and firm handed down to each generation.  We cherish our families, our food, and our pace.  From our manners to our accent to our team spirit here are some things that Southerners recognize: 

  1. A half inch of snow can shutdown an entire state.
  2. When you order a Coke, you expect to be asked “what kind?” 
  3. You don’t own a remote control, but you do own a “clicker”. 
  4. 90 Degrees is a nice summer day. 
  5. The grocery store doesn’t have shopping carts, you grab a buggy. 
  6. Growing up, when it was your turn to say Grace, you were nervous
  7. Everything that went into your mouth was made with butter
  8. I’ve seen school let out because it was starting to rain hard. 
  9. College rivalries are a form of religion.  You are for one team or another regardless of where you attended college. 
  10. BBQ isn’t a cookout, it’s juicy slow-cooked meat smothered in sauce.
  11. You’ve spent more than one summer night catching lighting bugs and putting them in a mason jar. 
  12. Every time the temperature dipped below 60 degrees you went to the closet for your heavy sweaters and jacket. 
  13. You still feel it is proper to dress up when you are going to the Doctor or taking a flight.
  14. You still love the soothing sound of raindrops on a tin roof. 
  15. You know that sororities and fraternities mean something completely different in the Deep South than anywhere else in the country.
  16. You know that no matter where you are in the world, if you run into a Southerner, you’ve found a true friend.

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Ramona Thomas on January 08 2017 at 06:51PM

I went to Maui years ago with a group of people from Mississippi and Alabama. (I am from a small town in Mississippi). Apparently, 8 Southerners can order a “MaI Thai” in different accents. I was the one the waiters always asked to repeat my order because they “just wanted to hear it again.” lol I love it because people feel that I am approachable and I always make new friends everywhere I go.


Ramona Thomas on January 08 2017 at 06:43PM

Southerners, of course. I get to busy “talking” to edit. Lol


Ramona Thomas on January 08 2017 at 06:40PM

I went to Maui years ago with a group of people from Mississippi and Alabama. (I am from a small town in Mississippi). Apparently, 8 Southere’s can order a “MaI Thai” in different accents. I was the one the waiters always asked to repeat my order because they “just wanted to hear it again.” lol I love it because people feel that I am approachable and I always make new friends everywhere I go.


Ramona Thomas on January 08 2017 at 06:40PM

I went to Maui years ago with a group of people from Mississippi and Alabama. (I am from a small town in Mississippi). Apparently, 8 Southere’s can order a “MaI Thai” in different accents. I was the one the waiters always asked to repeat my order because they “just wanted to hear it again.” lol I love it because people feel that I am approachable and I always make new friends everywhere I go.


Brenda M on December 15 2016 at 09:20AM

A “dope” and a “Moon Pie” were standard snacks. we put goobers in our “coke” and drank it.


Lesli Hunt on December 13 2016 at 01:07PM

Coldbeer and sweettea are pronounced as a single word…as in “y’all want a coldbeer, or some sweettea?”


Pj on December 13 2016 at 12:39PM

Tea is served sweet, cornbread is not.


jowanna on December 03 2016 at 01:13PM

Lightening bugs are what other folks call fireflies…….


Frank Vania on November 29 2016 at 01:13PM

I recently was in Jackson,MS to visit an old friend from college days and drove
into the Delta to experience the Blues Trail and to find the spirit of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B.King and Howlin Wolf. Clarksdale, MS has a vibrant blues music scene and the folks in that town were warm, hospitable
and welcoming. “I went down to the crossroads, tried to catch a ride”


Kimberly on November 29 2016 at 09:06AM

You can stop a northener in his tracks, just by uttering the name, “Sugah….”


Katherine on November 28 2016 at 10:37AM

NEVER leave the house without your pearls. Have something monogramed. 3 kinds of religion are baptist, methodist, and college football.


Donna on November 28 2016 at 02:28AM

Lifhtningbbugs are firedlies


Kathy Bonse on November 27 2016 at 01:28PM

Dinner is at noon, supper is after 5 pm. ?


Christa Jones on November 26 2016 at 06:31PM

Pan fried corn bread, picking up pe-CANs out of the yard and my grandmothers handmade flour sack aprons :)


Dot on November 18 2016 at 09:17AM

You say yes or no Ma’am or Sir to everyone. When you meet a funeral procession on the road, you stop out of respect for the family.


Dot on November 18 2016 at 09:17AM

You say yes or no Ma’am or Sir to everyone. When you meet a funeral procession on the road, you stop out of respect for the family.


Julie on November 07 2016 at 04:46AM

A few years ago in Venice, Italy a man standing next to me while I was talking to a concierge said, ‘YOU are from the south!’
Turns out he was an Opera star performing the lead in ‘La boheme’ at the famous ‘Fenice Teatro’ behind the Hotel La Fenice where we were staying. He was also from Marietta, Ga. I’m from Atlanta, Ga.


Carrie on November 07 2016 at 02:12AM

And Mac and cheese is a vegetable!!


Ruby Poole on November 05 2016 at 01:21PM

First Judi is my for life great friend
one thing we do is on Memorial Day whole family goes to the graves brings flowers and has a lunch every year


Jana Kay on October 25 2016 at 06:53PM

AND we wave at people driving by, whether we know them or not. From our porch swing, with the hand that’s not holding a glass of tea!


Jay on October 24 2016 at 11:05AM

One more, Co-Cola, is just as much a part of breakfast as grits.


Tommy on October 21 2016 at 03:50PM

Craw dads are just as good to eat as they are bait.


Tim on October 03 2016 at 03:23PM

One more…iced tea means sweet tea. There’s no reason to ask if it’s already sweetened.


Bill on October 03 2016 at 09:21AM

Shoes are optional


ele creel on October 01 2016 at 07:45PM

90% of Southern words do not end with a G….Always serve some sort of homemade bread,biscuit or corn bread with every meal….And never run out of sweet tea….Pies and Cobblers are the main desert …FOOD AND FAMILY,,HOME MADE AND HOME GROWN….With Love..


Becky on September 30 2016 at 10:36AM

And if it didn’t have butter, it had bacon grease or lard!


Mary Fowler on September 30 2016 at 07:50AM

At my job before I retired, I used to talk to people all over the country. It cracked me up that people from Texas used to say " i love to hear your Georgia accent."


Debra Chambers on September 27 2016 at 10:27PM

I received what I consider a great compliment the other day in the Dallas airport. I spoke to a TSA agent and he replied, “Do I hear Georgia?” My Southern drawl ain’t phony, y’all!


Jan on September 27 2016 at 04:28PM

I myself was born and raised in Michigan, but my Dad was born and raised in Missouri, hence the southern input. I recognize all 16 of the things on the list and love every bit of it.


Barb on September 26 2016 at 10:39PM

This is ALL true! And, so much more.


KT Altman on September 26 2016 at 04:26PM

“Lightning” bugs… ?


Jerry on September 26 2016 at 12:04PM

NEVER hit a girl!! And we never took the last piece of bacon, pie, or corn bread! Even when you got in a fight with your best friend, he will still be your best friend tomorrow!


Tammy on September 26 2016 at 07:18AM

while on vacation in Cali few yrs back, we were at a swap meet and a guy heard me talking, recognized my accent from the south and we became friends.


Karen Parrish on September 26 2016 at 04:26AM
should read with a lower case ‘c’ “when you order a coke (or co-cola)….”

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