Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Deep South Magazine on Being Polite

Dadgum it!

I meant to tell all y’all about my essay in Deep South Magazine-and remind you to vote for your favorite Southern saying in the T shirt contest. Now, it’s too late to vote! But you can still check out the Southern sayings. (I sent in “Hush up,” which is just about as Southern as it comes. It didn’t get picked. Maybe the folks at Deep South thought I was telling them to hush up.)

Anyway, you may recall that Deep South Magazine was the Market of the Month-and I didn’t waste any time sending over my essay, “Being Polite.” I’d be tickled to death if you gave it a read. You can’t make these things up, as they say.

Well, you can. But in this case, I didn’t. When I was visiting with family last week, an argument of sorts broke out as we all remembered that evening differently. In the end, my version prevailed as the truth. Mostly. Which just goes to show, you can’t put a roomful of Southerners in one place without folks making a fuss. (Coincidentally, another Southern expression I sent in.)

So, how about you? Do you have a favorite Southern saying? I’d really like to know.

Honest to Pete.

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16 thoughts on “Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Deep South Magazine on Being Polite

  1. Hahaha, Becky! I say that ALL the time!And Madeline, "Kiss my grits" was one of the sayings in the voting-so you must know Southern better than me. Or is it I? :-)Thanks for the read-Glad you liked the essay!

  2. Hey Cathy,Thanks for writing such a fun article. I think if your visitors were polite they wouldn't have stayed so long. Whenever we went to visit someone, one of my momma's sayings was "don't wear out your welcome." Donna

  3. Yep, I've heard that my whole life, Donna. I also like, "Here's your hat-what's your hurry?" That may not be Southern, but it gets the point across, in a "bless your heart" way. 🙂

  4. I like this expression…. more nervous than a long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs!I also like….we're having a comin' to Jesus talkBoth of these were pretty foreign to a transplanted Yankee like me 🙂

  5. Oh, Gail, those are great! I've only heard the long-tail cat expression here and there, but I've heard several variations on the 'comin to Jesus talk.Isn't it funny, though-you don't have to be a Christian to know that's gonna be one serious talk! Thanks for making me laugh out loud!

  6. What a BONUS of being on Jennifer's blog–I get to meet a Southerner who blogs about drawly sayings!Sigh. I could write a novel (Oh, i did) on my momma's Southern sayings.Also wrote a novel on Irish sayings, thanks to my red-haired best friend, who took me to the mystical cliffs o' County Clare and back.Go whole hog.(S)The truth will out. (I)I really have many more proverbs:Don't miss the day's most important meal.Always wear your makeup; you never know who you'll meet out there. (???))Hope you visit my place,Cathy! Always lookin' for more bloggites!!Blessings,Patti http://www.pattilacy.com/blog

  7. Bless your heart — that is one fine article, Miss Cathy. I can't play the Southern role too well but I truly enjoyed that. My mom was from New York but she occasionally exhibited the same kind of manners. One day she bumped into someone I really, really didn't want to see and she said, "I know Anita would love to see you — why don't you stop by." Thank goodness the person didn't do what your ice cream family did.

  8. Patti, I say "go whole hog" all the time, too. And I grew up with the Irish in S'vah. So, throw all those sayings in (with a little Geechee)and half the time, I don't know what I'm saying. :-)(I'll be dropping by soon!)And Anita-you made me laugh, as usual. Reminded me of the time when a preacher stopped by my mom-in-law's around lunchtime, and she said, "Won't you stay for lunch?" And he did.The look on m-i-l's face was priceless!:-)(Glad you liked the essay! Thanks!)

  9. Hey Cath — I think I've read that one before…? In writer's group maybe? Or maybe you just told me about it. Either way, it's a great piece. We've all been there at one time or another.Favorite Southern saying: (after a large meal) "I'm fuller'n a tick on a hound dog!"

  10. I think I shared an earlier version of that essay with y'all-but heavens to Betsy! That was a while back, girl. You've been taking your gingko-biloba. (Is that the right herb for memory? I can't remember :-)LOVE that saying!

  11. Raised in VA, I attended college in NYC, where one of my new friends(from Delaware) teased me whenever I agreed to a suggestion by saying "Let's do!" Now in L.A., I have a neighbor and friend who's from Georgia. He says "Let's do!" frequently, thus confirming its being a Southern phrase! … Also, I grew up with New England cousins who found it quite curious that, given the existence of y'all, why was there not also a w'all? Some kind of pronoun prejudice, I guess!

  12. Katie, I've never heard "let's do." How interesting! But there are tons of regional Southern sayings…As for w'all, well, I have heard "us'n" which kinda works. Like "Us'n are going to the store with all y'all." All y'all being the plural of y'all. :-)Thanks for sharing!

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