Southern slang is a unique twist on the English language and American vocabulary. Southerners love colorful sayings, and we really enjoy a good simile. In fact, there are more Southern expressions than you could shake a stick at.
Native Tennessean Dolly Parton is fond of turning a Southern phrase or two, and is known for her colloquialisms. A great Dolly quote that exemplifies Southern slang is “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” Southerners combine folk wisdom with brevity and create some truly memorable idioms.
If you’re not Southern, you might not have ever heard some of these sayings. Even if you are Southern, you still might not know the vernacular from other states. So check out this quiz and see how much Southern slang you know!