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Old 01-19-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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One of my favorite expressions is "Stop being ugly" or "He's just being ugly". Ugly meaning rude. I was also told to stop "cuttin' up" in class many times.
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Ohhh, here's another...

Instead of saying, "You need to talk to John."
You say, "you need to get with John about that."

Oh, look how I did that! The rest of the country would say, "You HAVE to talk about that.

I threw in "need" automatically.

I'm changing and didn't even realize it!

I'm thinkin' it's a good thing!
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Old 01-19-2007, 08:56 PM
 
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Default When Mama is upset

"Get your hiney shiney in here."

if she's really mad, she'll reverse it... "Get your shiney hiney in here."

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Old 01-22-2007, 07:26 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga TN
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The little neighbor kids call me "Miss ____" and so do their mothers lol Bless their little hearts but aren't they sweet? LOL
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Knoxville
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What about "yonder"? This is a location..."where is the remote control?" It's in yonder....
Everyone knows where it is it's amazing....
I just moved up from Florida my kids have always called neighbors (adults) Miss so-and-so and the men were always "Mr" Like "Mr Bob" it shows respect...
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Old 01-22-2007, 10:53 AM
 
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What about "yonder"? This is a location..."where is the remote control?" It's in yonder....
Everyone knows where it is it's amazing....
I just moved up from Florida my kids have always called neighbors (adults) Miss so-and-so and the men were always "Mr" Like "Mr Bob" it shows respect...
The word "yonder" technically isn't slang. It's an Old English word that was brought to the US by English and Scottish settlers. For some reason, Northerners don't use it that much anymore, but they still use it in the South as well as in certain parts of England and Scotland, and the meaning today is the same as it was in the Middle Ages. The word "yonder" is also used in several scriptures in the King James version of the Old and New Testaments.
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Old 01-22-2007, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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I find that a lot of these terms were used by my grandparents as well, from rural upstate new york.

Maybe it's a rural thing that survived in the south, but just couldn't weather the harsh winters up north...
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Old 01-22-2007, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Yes. Some of those saying are familiar to me, too. I guess it's because I come from a small town in New England. Makes sense.

I always found the saying, "when Hannah was a pup" to be cute, as in "I haven't seen him since Hannah was a pup."

I always wondered who is Hannah and her pup!

Anyone ever hear that one?
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:31 PM
 
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How about "Uuu-ens" that means all of you. Uuu-en come on in here.
Another one is "I don't care to do that" this means they will do what you ask of them.
Where I am from in the South Carolina-South that would mean that you did NOT want to do what they ask
I have lived in TN for the past 13 years and I still can't grab those....That meaning that I can't get accustom to those sayings.
This is wonderful.....it take alot of the best people to make up this wonderful WORLD that we live in.
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Old 01-22-2007, 07:36 PM
 
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How about "Uuu-ens" that means all of you. Uuu-en come on in here.
Another one is "I don't care to do that" this means they will do what you ask of them.
Where I am from in the South Carolina-South that would mean that you did NOT want to do what they ask
I have lived in TN for the past 13 years and I still can't grab those....That meaning that I can't get accustom to those sayings.
This is wonderful.....it take alot of the best people to make up this wonderful WORLD that we live in.
My Yankee cousins in Pennsylvania all say "uuu-ens" which I think is pretty interesting.

But yeah, the first time I heard someone say, "Don't care if I do" I thought he was saying no. No matter how many times I hear it, I still think it means no.

And you're right, all these colloquial expressions are wonderful and sure make our world more interesting.
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