Backwoods Lingo

I have heard it said that the South and country folks have their own vocabulary that doesn’t exist anywhere else. On TV shows that film country or backwood people there are captions to translate what people are saying. I can understand them just fine. It’s really funny. Here are some common words and phrases that we use; some can be combine:

Jeet yet? = Have you eaten yet?

Fixin’ to = I am about to

Y’on’ttoo? = Do you want to?

Git = Go away or get (depending on sentence usage)

iight = Alright

over/down yonder = over there (the ambiguous ‘there’ is the same)

ain’t = is not, are not, used in a question as: are or is. This word is referred by the grammar police as not a word, but here it is the most versatile word there is!

orta or oughta = ought to

gitonoutfromheah = get out of here (the phrase is squished into one word) usually used at trespassing dogs or kids

skeeter = mosquito

skeeter hawk = dragonfly

y’all = you all

you’ins = mountain version of the word ya’ll

widjadidja = with you did you?

didya = did you

widja = with you

c’mere = come here

as the crow flies = in close proximity or general direction of

noodlin’ = go fishing without a fishing pole

heah = here

Daisy Dukes = short shorts

drown a worm = going fishing with worms

wet a hook = to go fishing

cyarn (pronounced like yarn with ‘k’ sound in front) = carrion

go a little piece = go down there a small distance

down yonderways = alteration of down yonder


About AK Taylor

Genre crossing YA author who began writing novels at 16. I enjoy outdoor activities, beekeeping, rock collecting, coin collecting, writing, drawing. Book Website: Twitter: @A_K_Taylor Facebook: Amanda Haulk Taylor/A.K. Taylor's Books page
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