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So, Do You Speak Southern? —-> guest post & giveaway by Duffy Brown

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I do declare

Duffy Brown printable1I live in Cincy  but sort of moved to the South when I started writing the Consignment Shop Mysteries set in Savannah. I had to suddenly start thinking and living like my characters. I guess I’m a bit of a method writer like there are method actors where they live the part to get into the part.

I had to acquire the taste for sweet tea, I do love fried okra so that was already in place but I no longer carry Chapstick in the back pocket of my jeans but have instead learned to wear lipstick every-single-day-of-my-life-no-matter-what-and-no-matter-where-I’m-going.

My thick wool sweaters have been relegated to the back of my closet and I’ve  made room for light cottony cardigans. I have a front porch so I put a rocking chair on it and as far as my speech goes my family thinks I’m crazy as a June bug.

Some of the Southern sayings I’ve tired out with limited success here in Ohio are…

Oh! Bless your heart…” My kids think this is sort of adorable but actually this expression is commonly used when Southerners need an excuse for speaking ill of someone. Example- “She’s as ugly as a mud fence, bless her heart.” Even though the line was an insult it is made better by showing that you, in a way, feel sorry for the person.

And of course there’s Well Butter my butt and call me a biscuit. The fam thought I’d hit the vodka when I tried this one.

She looked like she’d been ridden hard and put away wet. I’ve used this one a lot all my life. That’s what I get from living so close to the Kentucky border.

He could sell a Popsicle to a lady wearing white gloves. Meaning the individual is so good at persuasion that he or she could talk his or her way into anything. The sales lady at Macy’s ran when I tried this one.

You can’t get blood from a turnip. Meaning you can’t get something from someone who doesn’t have it. My accountant got this one right off the bat.

Madder than a wet hen and  He’s like a bull in a china shop and Cute as a bug’s ear. I’ve used these for years too so the fam didn’t blink an eye when I started working them into the conversation.

We were just sittin’ around chewin’ the fat. The kids told me I needed more veggies and fruit and forget the fat

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. I used this one on my next door neighbor and she was tickled pink she’d be getting fresh eggs

She was all over him like white on rice. I used this one on my other next door neighbor and  she smacked her husband upside the head. Guess it hit a little too close to home.DSCN1996

You can’t see the forest for the trees. Is another one I’ve used tons but my new favorite is Easy as sliding off a greasy log backwards.

So, now that we’re just sittin’ around chewin’ the fat and sippin’ on some sweet tea think about your favorite sayings Southern or otherwise. Let me know what it is and I’ll choose two from the list and give away two totes from the answers.

Go whole hog today and have yourself a mighty fine time.

Hugs, Duffy


Duffy Brown loves anything with a mystery. While others girls dreamed of dating Brad Pitt, Duffy longed to take Sherlock Holmes to the prom. She has two cats, Spooky and Dr. Watson, her license plate is Sherlok and she conjures up who-done-it stories of her very own for Berkley Prime Crime. Duffy’s national bestselling Consignment Shop Mystery series is set in Savannah and the Cycle Path Mysteries are set on Mackinac Island.

Website: http://www.duffybrown.com

Links: Amazon * Barns&Noble * Kobo * Goodreads


p.s. I had the privilege to guest Duffy Brown here in the past 🙂 You’re most welcome to check her previous post about the (southern) food, as well as an interview (from my 10 Question to… series 🙂 )

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28 thoughts on “So, Do You Speak Southern? —-> guest post & giveaway by Duffy Brown

  1. I have never lived further south than Southern Illinois, but my grandma used to say things like “she had a rear like a $30 horse” and “that dog won’t hunt”(when she didn’t think something would work). Love Duffy’s books!

  2. Don’t know if anyone will like this one…but I say “that went over as good as a fart in an astronaut suit ” or “I’m off like a dirty shirt” or “I’m off faster than a herd of turtles ”
    c_mitchell1998(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. My favorite sayings are Geez, Louise and Holy Toledo. Love learning the other sayings!

  4. I enjoyed your post very much. I’m a New Englander through and through so I can’t say that I use, or hear, many of these sayings. But I have a dear friend from Texas and I love to hear her say “bless her heart” when she’s speaking of someone because she always does it in such a kind way. You southern folks certainly have a wonderful way of softening your words. We perhaps could use a bit more of that here in the Northeast (especially when driving around Boston…). 🙂

  5. Well bless your heart, what a fun read! Gotta go– have a hankering for some sweet tea.🌻🌻🌻

    • Hi, MaryAnn. Wonderful hearing from you. I just love Southern speak. I had to learn it write the series and now I use it for real driving my kids nuts. I just love sweet tea. Yummm. Have a good day and thanks for playing along.

  6. I grew up in Northern Kentucky, with Eastern Kentucky parents. I have probably heard or said all of the Southern sayings. I love the Cincy area and miss the food ie: Gold Star Chili, Frisch, United Dairy Farmer. I love Savannah, and love the Consignment Shop mysteries. Would love to live there myself.

    • Hi, Jeannie. My husband grew up in Northern KY as well and I learned a lot of the sayings from him. That you enjoy the Consignment Shop series sure makes my day. Thanks tons for playing along. Hugs, Duffy.

  7. Love all the sayings! I have a friend that grew up in the south and she uses them all the time.

    • Hi, Karen. I think once you get into the swing of talking Southern it just sort of flows right out of your mouth. LOL Thanks for chatting.
      Hugs, Duffy.

  8. My mom always told me “Cain’t never could do anything”

  9. He’s about as useless as a screen door on a submarine.

  10. Calling everyone “Miss (first name)” as in “Well, bless your heart, Miz Duffy!”

    “Faster’n green grass through a goose.”
    “She was on him like a duck on a June bug.”

    …and it’s just a small thing, but in Texas at least, they leave the OF out of prepositional phrases like, “She pulled a mirror OUT HER purse,” or…

    “The man looked like he fell out the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.”

    SHAMELESS SELF-AND-OTHERS-PROMOTION>>> I have to give credit to Linda Kozar; I learned a lot by narrating her When the Fat Ladies Sing series. I declare, everything is funnier with a Texas accent!

  11. I am not sure how Southern it is, being born and raised in the Midwest, but one of my favorite sayings is from my Grandma. She always says “It’s colder than a witch’s teat.” I thought it was hilarious when I was a kid, and still giggle as an adult.

  12. Thanks for having me here at Bookbugs World! What a terrific site and thanks for letting me chat about the South. I love Savannah. My dream is to have a winter house there to escape the cooooold in Cincy. Savannah is amazing…the people, the food, the homes and did I mention the food. Lordy!! Hope you all get a chance to visit one of these days. Hugs, Duffy Brown

    • Morn’n Ms.Duffy.
      😇 Your guest blogging popped right up on my FB, so just a quick “Morn’n Yall” before I get at it.
      Ok. No, I don’t always (yes I do, but don’t like to admit it) sound like a Southern Bell. Thankfully we just moved back South a few weeks ago! I fit right in!
      Have a great time this morning and I hope some new readers happen upon you here and decide to pick up one (or 10) of your (totally entertaining) books! People, take it from me, Duffy is as funny and witty as any born and bred Steel Magnolia!
      Have fun Y’all!!!
      Hugs, Triniti

      • Hi, Trinti!! Where did you move to? Thanks tons for chat ting about my series. I just love Savannah. I’m a belle at heart, even have the pearls and baton to prove it and I make delish fried chicken. Thanks for the Southern speak. Always fun to read.

        • Good morning! Rhanks so much for the reply.
          We invaded Tennessee just a few weeks ago. 😇 And we are estatic to be back in the South. Indiana was great to us, but when this opportunity came calling, we heard the song of the south rise up in us!. Ok. Maybe a tad too much over compensating for my lack of sleep with the coffee this morning. Anywho. …… I am about 1 month away from starting a new Cozy Chick’s book club right here! And I have a good idea whom we will be reading first. I can’t wait to introduce these awesome charicters to a new group of mystery lovers!!!
          Thanks for taking the time to do this Blog. We all love to hear from you. And you are most welcome for the southern speak (said in my best sweeter than Granny’s sweet tea voice😊).

          • Did I seriously “Ranks”!!!!
            Wooopsie!
            Thanks!

            And here are a couple of my favorite lines from childhood.
            Finer than a frog hair split two ways.
            Knee high to a grasshopper.
            Littl’un.
            Sodie Pop.
            And
            You better git to gitten, before (or fir depending upon how mad Grandma was) I git to a switchen! !!!!!

    • I hope so too 🙂 so many beautiful places around!!! 😀

  13. I had to laugh while reading this , my grandparents Used all those sayings , and I still do today . My husband used to ask me to explain them when I used them, he couldn’t understand them at all ! kathambre@yahoo.com

    • Hi, Kathy! I just love Southern speak and that you had to translate for your dh is a hoot. Your grandparents sound adorable. Lucky you.

  14. I had the pleasure of living in Atlanta for 10 years and working for some fine southern folk. My favs include, “young’un, when it snows down here, it’s a real goat rope.” “Wide open’s as fast as you can go” about his pace of work, and “she’s so dumb she don’t know the difference tween c’mere and sickem.” Thanks for the walk down memory lane! Julie D

    • Oh Julie, these are great sayings. Thanks for sharing. That you were in Atlanta for 10 years sounds terrific. A great city to be sure, so Southern. The traffic is horrid but that just goes with the territory. Thanks for chatting.

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