Dec 4, 2012

Five lessons I learned from my Southern mother

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It's a funny thing having a mother (and a huge extended family) from the Southern U.S.  Although I was neither born nor raised in the South, I've inherited many of the mannerisms, and believe it or not, the accent. 

I get asked more than I can recall, if I'm from Atlanta, Texas, or some other area of the SouthFunny thing too is that now my daughter has a bit of a southern drawl.  Who knew?

One thing I appreciated growing up were the colorful analogies and proverbs I would glean from the conversations with my mom and other family.  These little gems made life lessons a lot more interesting, I'll tell you that much. After learning the meaning I never forgot the counsel. 

While I'm not sure if they all originated in the South, here are my standout 5 Southern proverbs:
 
*That's like the pot calling the kettle black.
Said when someone has no right to talk about another person as they are generally in the same situation.

*You'll just be jumping from the frying pan to the skillet.
This means that you will be going from one bad situation to another.


*The emptiest wagon makes the loudest noise.
(One of my favorites) This means that the person doing the loudest talking or bragging often cannot back it up.


*He/She doesn't have a pot to pee in nor a window to throw it out of.
Translation: Dirt poor

*If a dog brings a bone, he's taking one back. 
My mama would tell us this to warn us about talking behind the back of othersIt means that if someone is bringing you juicy gossip about another, it's very likely that they are bringing juicy gossip about you back.


27 comments:

  1. Thanks for following my blog, following yours back! :)

    Love this, really interesting to read!

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    1. Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed reading this. Have a great week!(:

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  2. I was born up North but raised down South. The funny thing is that most southerners don't realize they have an accent (even though we most certainly do). I use the pot/kettle saying all of the time, lol.

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    1. It's true! I was nearly an adult before I realized that my mom and grandma were really say "courting" if someone was dating. It was because the accent made it sound like "coatin" lol! I use many of these still too. Thanks for stopping by Wendy. Hope your week is a good one!

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  3. Oh, I love these and actually say many myself! I'm originally from Kansas and there are a lot of those little sayings there as well that I find pretty charming really. ;-)
    -Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

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    1. I just knew these would be familiar or strike a chord with others.(:
      They are very charming and generally so full of truth. Glad you enjoyed reading these. Have a fantastic week.

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  4. I love this! It's true about gossip. That stuff never goes away!

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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    1. Thanks Lanaya! Isn't that the truth about gossip!! I promise, that particular saying has always stayed with me. I've always been really leery of a person that only likes to gossip and talk about others because I was always conscious that they might be "baiting" me so that they would have something to take back.

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  5. I'm from the South and you nailed it with this one--I grew up with all of these sayings except 2---the wagon reference and the bone one--those are new to me. I ALWAYS use "the pot calling the kettle black" reference, and now that my kids are all grown, it is sooo funny to hear THEM saying these things to people!

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    1. Ha!! It's really interesting to read these comments and find that so many others grew up with and also use many of these sayings.

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  6. My family says most of these too lol! It's weird because we're not really Southerners, we're from Maryland.

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    1. That's funny! Maybe it's from the big Southern migration decades ago. Either way, I'm sure glad I've heard them during my lifetime.(:

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  7. a fun post..I have been trying to teach these kinds of sayings and idioms to my youngest son. I am amazed at how him and his friends have no idea what I am taking about!!!

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    1. It really is like speaking another language Annmarie! We would often have that "what are you talking about?" look going on, but now that I'm an adult with kids, I truly value these sayings and their meanings. Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  8. wow!! I actually use the first two myself!! Who knew I had some Southern blood in me!! :P

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    1. Hahaha!! Gosh, it's just so funny how widespread these sayings are. You see--even you have Southern influence LOL!!

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  9. I haven´t heard any of those proverbs before (maybe it has something to do with the fact that I´m not from US at all.) I like them!

    Here´s a Swedish proverb for you:
    "Gå inte över ån efter vatten." = "Don´t cross the creek to get to the water."
    Meaning that we should appreciate what we have and consider our blessing before going after something (not so important) that we "need".

    Have a great day :)
    Maria

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    1. Love, love, love the meaning of the Swedish proverb! It's so very true. I'm so glad you shared it here. Thank you.(:

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  10. The last one is so very true! Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

    Happy Thursday!

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    1. Thanks Veronica! Have a great Thursday as well. (:

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  11. I had never heard the 'pot to pee in' one, but I like it!

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    1. Haha!! It's a pretty colorful way to say that someone is dirt poor isn't it? :)

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