Country Terms

  1. 5. potato
  2. 7. talk, to speak harshly
  3. 12. pants
  4. 15. broken/destroyed, as in, “I came home to find the curtains all tore up,” or, “My knee has been tore up since that skiing accident back in ’93.”
  5. 17. a bar, perhaps where country music is played live for folks to dance
  6. 18. suppose, guess, as in, “I reckon we’ll see you at the reunion.”
  7. 19. to press or push, as in, “Mash that green button and turn on the computer.”
  8. 21. to drive slowly so as to get a good look at a wreck or disabled vehicle on the side of the road. Those who rubber-neck are rubber-neckers.
  9. 22. mouth
  1. 1. a contraction of you + all. This is the informal 2nd person plural in Southern English.
  2. 2. difficult to deal with; stubborn; finicky
  3. 3. cotton, wealthy; successful (and maybe snobby)
  4. 4. a person from the North
  5. 6. getting ready/preparing to, as in, “I’m fixin’ to go to the Wal-Mart. Do y’all need anything?”
  6. 8. snobby
  7. 9. can’t carry a tune in a bucket
  8. 10. family, especially extended family
  9. 11. an animal (usually wild)
  10. 13. large, heavy shoes like those worn by farmers
  11. 14. up, cleaned up and dressed very nicely (perhaps formally)
  12. 16. young people
  13. 20. affection, as in, “Come here and give me some sugar.”