Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Complete How to Speak Southern By Steve Mitchell
The laugh sensation that swept the nation, How to speak Southern and More How to speak Southern, are now collected in one complete—and completely hilarious—volume. Embraced by Southerners everywhere and dedicated to all Yankees in the hope that it will teach them to talk right, this uproarious book decodes “Suthun” wit and wisdom for “Nawthun” upstarts everywhere. From “aig (a breakfast food that may be fried, scrambled, boiled or poached) to “zackly” (as in precisely), here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find inside:
ATTAIR: Contraction used to indicate the specific item desired. “Pass me attair gravy, please.”
EVERWHICHAWAYS: To be scattered in all directions. “You should have been there when the train hit that chicken truck. Them chickens flew everwhichaways.”
YONTNY: Do you want any. “Yontny more corn bread?”
Funny as well as informative, this laugh-out-loud dictionary will keep you laughing and learning–no matter where you fall on the Mason-Dixon Line!
Review by Rose Thornton:
The Complete How to Speak Southern, by Steve Mitchell, is a fun and lively book. Having grown up in the South, I found it to be rather exaggerated for the most part, but that is part of its charm. It makes a sharp point of the fact that people in the South do have their own peculiar way of communicating, and that they are delighted about this truth. Two of my favorite expressions found in Mitchell’s book are:
Kerosene cat in hell with gasoline drawers on: A colorful Southern expression used as an evaluation of someone’s ability to accomplish something. Ex: “He ain’t got no more chance than a kerosene cat in hell with gasoline drawers on.”
Motuhsickle: A two-wheeled missile with a powerful engine that is capable of great speed and is inherently unstable, thus providing physicians, hospitals and funeral directors with a regular source of income. Ex: “Johnny had his motuhsickle up to 120 last night.”
This book is filled with humorous definitions and usage examples and I do recommend it for light, entertaining reading.
Length: 105 Pages