Country Terms

  1. 4. 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.”
  2. 8. up, cleaned up and dressed very nicely (perhaps formally)
  3. 9. pants
  4. 12. getting ready/preparing to, as in, “I’m fixin’ to go to the Wal-Mart. Do y’all need anything?”
  5. 14. to leave hurriedly
  6. 17. 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.
  7. 19. talk, to speak harshly
  8. 20. young people
  9. 21. a bar, perhaps where country music is played live for folks to dance
  10. 23. to press or push, as in, “Mash that green button and turn on the computer.”
  11. 24. mouth
  12. 26. very good, usually delicious
  13. 28. suppose, guess, as in, “I reckon we’ll see you at the reunion.”
  14. 29. snobby
  1. 1. a contraction of you + all. This is the informal 2nd person plural in Southern English.
  2. 2. as tits on a bull – utterly useless
  3. 3. if someone is quite unattractive, you can say they look like they’ve been hit with the ugly stick
  4. 5. affection, as in, “Come here and give me some sugar.”
  5. 6. to could – used to be able to, as in, “I can’t do a cartwheel any more, but I used to could.”
  6. 7. an animal (usually wild)
  7. 10. can’t carry a tune in a bucket
  8. 11. to contact or get together with
  9. 13. potato
  10. 15. hankerin’ for, a desire/craving for
  11. 16. cotton, wealthy; successful (and maybe snobby)
  12. 18. large, heavy shoes like those worn by farmers
  13. 22. difficult to deal with; stubborn; finicky
  14. 25. family, especially extended family
  15. 27. a person from the North