In the American South, they do things a little bit more creatively than anywhere else. The region may have had its fair share of bad publicity — warranted and unwarranted — but you can’t deny that the South does things their way, and lots of times that means inspiring something a little more colorful and creative than the norm. Just think about it, the South has spawned some of the world’s best music in blues and rock, and they’ve inspired some of the most lauded writers of the modern age, such as Mark Twain and William Faulkner. The region’s creativity even includes their use of language, which can be perplexing to the average outsider. So here is some insight into a few of the South’s most unique words and phrases.
1. You can find a solid fishing spot OVER YONDER if you’re willing to climb that hill.
Meaning: some distance away in a given direction. It’s a general term, but it’s useful for giving directions to some place or some thing on the fly. And, sure, it might be vague, but Southerners tend to be a little more self-sufficient. If you can’t find the fishing spot once you’ve been pointed over yonder, then you don’t deserve to fish.
2. Things seems a bit CATTYWAMPUS as of late.
Meaning: askew. As in, the door hung cattywampus on its frame. It’s similar to “catty-corner,” but it’s not the same thing, as “catty-corner” means simply diagonal, where cattywampus is oddly irregular or shoddy.