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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 | 9 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.



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.

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.


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