List Rules Vote up the antebellum holler slang that makes you wish kissin' cousins were a thing again.
The regional dialect of the South is nothing if not unique, and much of it dates back to before the mid-19th century. Antebellum and Civil War conversations would have sounded foreign to modern observers. Even now, if you visit Appalachia or some parts of the Southern US, you may not be able to understand some of what is said if you didn't grow up hearing it.
Here's a test: They're fixin' vittles for supper over yonder! What's your translation? If it wasn't "they're cooking dinner over there," then you need to brush up on your southern Appalachian slang. Many phrases are still used in the South today; others have fallen by the wayside but are just plain fun to say! Watch out though, pronunciation can be pretty tricky.
Below are some phrases that will have you hankerin' to sing out some top rail and peart slang!
[Translation: Here are some phrases that will give you the desire to call out some top quality and fresh expressions!]
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Clodhopper Later used to refer to a "bumpkin," the term previously meant anything from "blood clot" to "a really heavy shoe."
Biggest Toad In The Puddle Are you the "most important person in the group?"
Quick Step A euphemism for diarrhea. Also known as the Tennessee or Virginia Quick Step.
Jackanapes Beware these "scoundrels or impertinent rogues."
Mollygrubbing For next time you need to "rest, lay about, recline, relax, and dawdle."
Not By A Full Jug Nope, "no way," "not by any means."
Larrapin' Use this next time someone makes you dinner to let them know that the food is "very good" or "really yummy."
Devil Is Beating Your Wife Here's a saying to use the next time "the sun is shining, yet it is raining."
Wallpapered "Drunk" but you could also be "tight," "corned," have "a brick in your hat," "be a bummer," or "stagger and walk the Virginia fence."
Come A Cropper It's best to avoid having "a serious setback or ruination."
To See The Elephant The elephant usually being "battle," you see action in some sort of fight or generally "see it all."
Lucifers Matches, personified.
Arkansas Toothpick "A long knife," also known as a "Missouri Toothpick."
Beat The Dutch When you "beat everyone" or "beat the Devil."