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What did you say? Southern Sayings and their Loose Translations
Sep 22/16

What did you say? Southern Sayings and their Loose Translations Posted by: Hedi Hemenway | 0 Comments

Ever wonder where some of the South’s most memorable expressions mean? Well, you’re in luck, because today we offer you four Southern sayings and their loose translations. 

 

Saying: Over Yonder
Translation: Over there, usually within sight. 
Example: Look at those rolling hills over yonder. 

 

Saying: Hold Your Horses 
Translation: Hang on or wait.
Example: Hold your horses, the collard greens are not quite ready.

 

Saying: Livin’ In High Cotton
Translation: Doing good, usually financially.
Example: Betsy is livin in high cotton since she moved to her lakehouse.

 

And, for the most nuanced of all, we offer one translation of many.

 

Saying: Bless Your Heart 
Translation: You poor thing.
Example: Bless your heart, those pants are lime green.

 

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By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 


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