12 Southern Sayings The Rest of America Won't Get


Are you knee-high to a grasshopper? Is your uncle riding the gravy train till the biscuit wheels fall off? Is your GTO slicker than snot on a door knob?

No culture in America does colloquialisms better than Southerners. Often rife with humor, the South's twists on the English language are always a delight. But if you're not a Southerner, these unique sayings may require translation.

If you're a Yankee, West-Coaster, Northwesterner, or a non-American, we've created a video to explain some of the more curious Southern and redneck phrases. When you're done watching it, you'll be able to hold own and feel confident communicating when south of the Mason-Dixon line.

Matter of fact, I bet you'll feel finer than a frog hair split four ways.


Never look a gift horse in the mouth

Translation: Don't complain about free stuff

Knee high to a grasshopper

Translation: You're short, kid

All hat and no cattle

Translation: All show and no substance

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Pretty is as pretty does

Translation: Ugly hearts make ugly people

Skin Your Own Buffalo

Translation: Mind your own business

Gimme the bacon without the sizzle

Translation: Cut to the chase

That dog won't hunt

Tranlsation: Your idea stinks


You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar

Kill 'em with kindness

He/ she is really going to town!

Translation: They're doing that quickly!

Don't count your chickens before they hatch

Tranlsation: Don't assume that's happening

Always keep your saddle oiled and your gun greased

Translation: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst


You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig

Translation: Dressing up something ugly doesn't change its nature

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