The Face of Newark Abroad

Living in Florida as a child you don’t notice the southern drawl or phrases unique to the south. As an adult, I’ve recently spent a significant amount of time in Florida and have repeatedly been asked, “Why you talk so proper?” Apparently compared to everyone here I do speak properly, lol.

I came to Florida to spend time with family and my Country Cousins keep me laughing, even when they are not telling jokes! I love them dearly but had to share some of their and other country folks’ sayings, words and phrases. If you said these things anywhere else but the south, no one would understand you, and from a Yankee like myself, you would get a prompt, “Excuse me?”

  • What it is?
  • I got ribs on my pants!
  • You don’t weigh but a buck 05 wet.
  • I like facet water.
  • What that book is you readin?
  • My doctor called the emergency wagon.
  • Come to church lookin real fine.
  • Who that is?
  • I cain’t talk loud cuz I’m in the li-berry!
  • He finna go hog wild!

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Comments on: "Things Country Cousins Say" (2)

  1. So true TravelingMad!! When I used to visit Fla. as a child, my country cousins used to say:

    CC: “He finna go out there in the plum nellies!”
    me: “What is the plum nellies?”
    CC: “Plum out the country and nellie out the worl!”

  2. Love language “local-isms.” Msshe from reviewfrench.wordpress.com

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