For the last couple of years, I have been entertaining myself (not difficult) and my Facebook Friends with posts that I have coined “The Southern Word of the Day.” Obviously, this gig is a direct rip-off of the comedian Jeff Foxworthy’s redneck words, and there is certainly some overlap. However, I have imposed some rules on myself that Foxworthy didn’t always follow. For instance, I only use legitimate English-language words, which includes the occasional place name but mostly just regular words. So I would never use Foxworthy’s “widgedidga” because it isn’t a legitimate word, even though it clearly is a phonetically-correct Southern word that translates to “with you did you.” So Foxworthy’s word “mayonnaise” as a substitute for “man there is” serves as a good example of my method. I also try to stay away from the simple two-syllable rip-offs like aster = asked her, or cider = beside her, or otter = ought to, or stark = it’s dark.
I have decided to put together a list of my favorite Southern words that I have posted, and perhaps Jeff Foxworthy has used these too. No plagiarism is intended here; I can only plead ignorance, which for me is not a stretch at all.
Fornication. Usage: “Charlene’s dress is perfect fornication like tonight.”
Covetous. Usage: “It was so cold that Momma pulled out a blanket and covetous up with it.”
Quesadilla. Usage: “You need to have your brights on in quesadilla runs out in front of us.”
Spectators. Usage: “Broccoli is fine, but I spectators would taste a whole lot better with that steak.”
Anemone. Usage: “I was running just fine anemone started hurting, and I had to stop.”
Ammonia. Usage: “Would you come open the door? Ammonia front porch!”
Motif. Usage: “Billy Bob would smile more if he just had motif.”
Enema. Usage: “My mother-in-law is always sticking her nose enema business.”
Pasteurize. Usage: “I walked right pasteurize, and you didn’t even see me!”
September. Usage: “We have grown everything on that 40 acres you can imagine September.”
Annuity. Usage: “He was having trouble getting it out, but annuity was trying to say.”
Annihilator. Usage: “We got stuck in traffic and ended up getting there annihilator than we thought we would.”