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.
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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