Friday, November 11, 2005

I'm fixin' to blog

One thing I want to try to do more of on here is to share things about the southern lifestyle and growing up in the South. I realize there are lots of things that I do, say, know, think, believe, and experience, many of which aren't common in other parts of the country or the world. But when you've seemingly always known something, or always done things a certain way, it's easy to forget that. It wasn't until just a few years ago that I realized that sweet tea wasn't served nationwide. How do you people live!

One thing I do know is that pecan trees only "make" every other year. Maybe everyone knows that. It's just one of those little bits of information that you pick up somewhere along the way. We have a pecan tree at work. Two years ago, we had bunches of pecans. Last year, just a very, very few. So this year, we're due for a bumper crop, so to speak. Wednesday night, it got very windy here, so I went out yesterday just before I went home to see if there were many pecans. There were! I gathered them until my back began to hurt.

As usual, I came across a few which had already been eaten at by squirrels. It made me wonder if some squirrel wouldn't have enough to eat this winter because I was selfishly taking away its food. Am I interfering with the cycle of nature that God has put in place? Sometimes I wonder silly stuff like that.

When chatting with someone from another part of the country, I try to avoid using certain "southern" words or phrases, such as using "supper" to refer to the last meal of the day. Even though we all know that's what it is. But inevitably, something eventually slips out. A couple of other "southernisms" I've been caught using recently, include:

I'm fixin' to - As in, "I'm fixin' to get ready to go to the store." You might say, "I'm about to get ready to go to the store."

Hunt - As in, "I'm gonna hunt me something for supper." This doesn't usually actually involve the act of pursuing game for food or sport, but is more likely closely related to "I'm gonna try to find me something for supper," probably in a cabinet, refrigerator, or restaurant.

At least I think those are southernisms. Maybe they're just Boneisms. Either way.

In other news, my mother has been sick this week. She's still got her betta that I got her for Mothers Day this year. If you'll recall, I bought Pablo originally for her, but got so attached to him that I had to go back and get her a different one. So last night I was telling her how I've dreamed a few times that Pablo gets out of his tank when I'm changing his water, and ends up on the floor or something. So she's nodding as I'm telling her, and then tells me, "I dream that mine gets out of his tank at night and comes back to the bedroom and starts fighting." Wow! And I thought my fish dreams were weird...

Well, I think I'm fixin' to hunt me up something for lunch. Hope ya'll have a great weekend now, ya hear!

"Misty sunrise in my hometown, rows of cotton, 'bout knee high. Mrs. Baker down the dirt road, still got clothes out on the line..."


  1. I'm used to most of these phrases since my manager is from Hotlanta. I know about slaw dogs, fixin, and sweet tea. She's taught us the proper way to say Pecaaan, not Peacin, like so many of us want to do. Since I'm from the great white north, I've noticed you and Kyle both say "and what not" which kinda makes me chuckle.

    I think the differences in the way we talk is kinda cute. Some folks from the south talk a little too slow for those in the north...sometimes I feel like I have to hep (that's how my manager says it) you along.

    Have a super weekend! Thanks for the Tec Support, got 'er all taken care of!

  2. Trying to remember to say 'dinner' in place of 'supper' around Dave's family (who are from Michigan) is one of my biggest concerns when around his family. I get made fun of when I say 'catty-corner' rather than 'kitty-corner' around them too.
    I guess Missouri is pretty close to being 'South', because it seems we say a lot of the same things - or I don't think it's different, at least.

    Have a terrific weekend - and enjoy those pecans!

    Pecan pie sounds really good right about now! :-)

  3. Wow, and I thought MY dreams were strange. Never again will I think that, thanks to my soap watching Bone ;-)

    I've heard MUCH worse southernisms. My entire family is from the south, and half the time when I'm talking to them, I have to tell them to slow down so I can use my redneck dictionary to figure out what the hell they're saying!!!

  4. BTW, don't you love how accomodating I am. You said read, and by golly I read :-)

  5. Having lived 3 years in Georgia and 3 1/2 years in Alabama, I'm very familiar with Southernisms.

    I still say "y'all," which makes all my friends out here in SoCal crack up.

    And I use "supper" and "dinner" interchangably.

  6. Oh, I am soooo glad you blogged about this! Seriously. I know Texas is sometimes, and sometimes not considered the South, but when I read what you wrote about pecans, you made me so happy.

    I have so much information like that. And I never know what to do with it. It amazes me how people don't know about it.

    My great grandpa was telling me he could tell it was gonna be a warm winter because of the way the squirrels were shelling the pecans before they buried 'em. In order to help them ripen a bit quicker since we aren't going to get enough cold days this winter.

    Ok. Write more about this!!!

  7. When you get off the highway, do you say 'x-it' or 'eggs-it'?

    Pecan pie. Yum.

    Sorry your mom's not been feeling well. Hope she gets better soon!

    Roll Tide!

  8. Carnealian: Yes, I think pe-CAN or pe-CAHN is acceptable :-) Most girls from other areas think my accent is cute, so can't complain about that.

    Cindy: Yes, I consider Missouri the South. It's actually interesting when you say something and someone has never heard it before.

    Brizzle: Yes, very accomodating ;-) I'm impressed. And seems like I remember thinking you sounded a bit "southern" on your audio post.

    Xinh: "And I use "supper" and "dinner" interchangably."

    Absolutely the way they should be used. There's three meals in the day. Breakfast, lunch/dinner, and supper/dinner. It's simple :-)

    Crys: I def consider Texas part of the South. Love those kinds of things that the older people especially seem to know. Will try to write more things like this. It's really kinda difficult though. I think because I take them for granted a bit and assume everyone knows them.

    Lass: Um, definitely closer to eggs-it. Thanks for the well wishes for my Mom and for the Roll Tide.

    Yes, pecan pie... definitely yum!

  9. I say fixin' to alot! (And I was born and raised up north)

    I say ya'll all the time.

    But, there are two traps I never fell in to:

    I never called Dinner, Supper much to my Step-Father & and everyone in good ole' Mt. Hope's Dismay

    And when I moved to Chicago, I never started calling Coke, "Pop".

    Everything is a coke. Mountain Dew: Coke, Dr. Pepper: Coke, Sundrop:Coke. (now thats a southernism)

  10. so i just read on your profile you like "anything hemingway". my last blog said "everything hemingway" seriously. how did i never notice that!


  11. Had no idea about pecan trees but will be sure to impress people with that knowledge

    love learning about Southern living, since in my heart....

    In NY we say "on line," and everybody else says "in line." Might be the opposite; that always confuses me, but I don't exactly spend hours thinking about it

  12. Ok, so what I wanna know is: Are Dr. Phil-isms really Southernisms? Or is he just a nut and makes that stuff up himself? :)

  13. Tiff: Yes, everything is a Coke. When I hear someone order a "medium Pepsi"... I just can't get used to it.

    "And what's the deal with brunch? How come there's no lupper? Or no linner?"

    Crys: Haven't you already mentioned this before? Or maybe I dreamed that. But dreaming about blog comments... that would be sad. Another blerd characteristic fo' sho'.

    Pia: On line? Referring to what? Could you use that in a sentence please :-)

    Sarah: I think the latter would be closer to the truth. Definitely.