Decoding What Funny Southern Phrases Really Mean

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of “The Secret To Southern Charm” and “Slightly South Of Simple,” and she is the epitome of a southern belle. Not only is she a southern queen and author, she is here to help us decode some funny southern phrases. A lot of these had us saying, “who knew?” Keep these southern sayings in your back pocket, just in case you ever need to put on that good ol’ southern charm.

“I swanee”: A propper southern lady would never say, “I swear,” therefor the phrase, “I Swanee” came to be in order to keep a proper lady from saying such a crass word.

“Fixin’ to”: This phrase is just like, “getting ready to,” but it implies a much longer timeframe. Let’s just say, if you’re fixin’ to do something, it could be awhile!

“If the creek don’t rise”: Plain and simple, this one means that something is going to happen, barring a major event like a natural disaster or something you can’t help.

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