Monday Musings...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, December 14, 2009

Today - a new post:
Part 1 "Saturday In The Kitchen" - 7 Courses
Come take a seat at the table

Cold rainy weekend here, but we got our Christmas cards done and ready to mail...I scanned another 100 or so of Dad & Mom's slides and digitized about 3 hours of music...wrote this post and the one over at Mangia Y'all and got it all done before 2:00pm on Sunday, so I got to relax the rest of the day and watch some a pretty successful weekend in my mind...

And slowly but surely, I am adopting those regional words and comments that would have been so foreign to me just a few short years ago.

Of course I use y'all..but I did say it even when living up north. Just one of those words that stuck. Now is it a word? I guess it is a contraction of a phrase in reality.

But there are times when Nancy will say something to me and I have to think about it and vice versa.

I have a tendency to use the phrase "Let's go inside". Now, we are probably sitting in the living room watching TV and what I am saying is "Let's go into the bedroom".

The first time I said this, Nancy looked at me and said "We are inside".

I no longer "Turn off the light" - I "Cut off the light"...or "Cut on the TV"...I hear this on the weekend mornings when I am laying there in bed quietly and Nancy rolls over and tells me it is OK if I do so.

I no longer "Put the groceries away" - I now "put the groceries up"...

Up North, if I was surprised at something, I might say "Oh my", especially in Mississippi, it is "Oh me"...

I am still not "fixin'" to do anything ..that phrase has not passed my lips...

What regional phrases, words, sayings do you use that you have never heard used when traveling to other parts of the country?

16 Of Your Sparks

  1. Schmoop Says:
  2. I use y'all often. I can't think of any other than that. I do use both hoagie and sub, as well as soda and pop. Cheers!!

  3. Ken Says:
  4. I slip out a y'all every once and awhile.
    Preciate'ya too.

  5. ...well, I like to say "jeepers!"...and nobody else does...

  6. LAC Says:
  7. Not sure if its regional or family... but when its time to take the clothes from the washer and put them in the dryer, it's time to "Flip the wash."

    We say soda and hoagie.

    And I've adopted from my husband, a saying of "Nice." and "Holy." As in...

    "Look at the size of that mullet."

    Hubby would say, "HOLY!"


    "The power's out."

    Hubby would say, "Nice."

  8. Jay Says:
  9. If you ask my grandmother if she wants to go somewhere and she says "Oh, I don't care to go there" she means "Yes." Seriously. It's always confused me even though I grew up around here.

  10. Dianne Says:
  11. I'm from Brooklyn, most of our regional phrases can't be repeated on a PG blog ;)

  12. Jeff B Says:
  13. We have bumper stickers here that read Orygun. It helps the non natives keep from pronouncing it Or-E-Gone.

  14. Unknown Says:
  15. Down here in New Orleans when we go grocery shopping we "make groceries." There's a lot that are very regional to just the New Orleans/South Louisiana area, even moreso than what you just here in the South.

  16. Tug Says:
  17. I've NEVER heard anyone else call what they drive (whether it's a car, pickup, semi, whatever) an outfit. "Let's go to the park, we can take my outfit."

  18. I've said "fixin' ta go" for quite a while. I get grief for it quite a bit, too.

    I also use a term that is peculiar to Central Indiana. When we plan a dinner where people are assigned a dish from either appetizer, main dish, or dessert, we call it a "pitch in." We all pitch in to set up, we all pitch in to cook, and we all pitch in to clean up; hence, a "pitch in" NOT a POTLUCK.

  19. Mimi Lenox Says:
  20. I feel so unproductive now. But I'm fixin' to go do my Christmas cards.
    Go do? Go do??!
    See what you've done!

  21. All you are missing is a "Fixin's to ..." and you are golden :P

  22. TopChamp Says:
  23. ha! Loads.

    I say 'aye' 'but' 'cannae' I said 'pus' the other day as face - which is weird as that's very east coast common and I only do east coast posh and west coast common.

    There are SO many - I love it too. I have no Scottishness in my accent but I say the words in a clear Southern accent - and that's fine by me.

  24. TopChamp Says:
  25. Oh - a weird one I would never ever say but that Scots use is 'messages'. I'm going to get my messages means I'm going to get my groceries.

  26. Dana Says:
  27. I'm a bit late to the party, but thought I'd share a few. What's odd about me is that I've lived in every part of the country - north, south, east and west and seem to have picked up a few from just about everywhere.

    For example, I don't shop at the grocery store, I go to the market. Once there, I don't use a shopping cart, I get a buggy. Then there is the binder - what you probably call a rubber band, and I drink from a bubbler (drinking fountain).

    People can never quite figure out where I am from!

  28. katherine. Says:
  29. I call the grocery store "market" too...

    My southern family says "kindly" instead of in "I'm kindly hungry"

    I say "way" instead of very. As in "that is way cool"


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