Yessum, I’s from the Deep South … Y’all.

Today = bathing suit shoppinggoing to the first day of school naked … stepping out of my comfort zone. Why? Because I’m trying something different here. Something challenging.

“What?” you ask, feigning interest to be polite because your mama raised you right.

I’m supposed to create a video answering a handful of questions about expressions and pronunciations in my part of the world/neighborhood/holler … and be entertaining doing it.

(panic … clammy palms … nervous laughter)

My friend, Mel, passed this opportunity along to me and my initial thought was “No way!” (Actually, there was, in fact, a third word in the middle of those two but I strive to keep this site rated PG-13 so, for now, we’ll pretend I saidย follicular.) Mel made a great little video blog (or VLOG in crippling online nerdspeak) for the challenge which is brought to you by Kelley’s Break Room, by the way. But, after watching Mel’s video as well as Kelley’s, I was inspired. I was courageous. And I thought WHAT THE FOLLICULAR! So I just pulled the trigger.

Anyway, here goes nothing. God, I hope you don’t hate my recorded voice as much as I do. “Enjoy!”


What about YOU?

Know a weird expression from your neck of the woods?



16 responses to “Yessum, I’s from the Deep South … Y’all.

  1. Very well done. I couldn’t disagree with any of yours. I guess Fl and NOLA are not so different. Yeah, right?

  2. Watah Bubblah, baby! ๐Ÿ˜› But high five to the ‘cray-on.” Cute shirt, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Thank you for verifying for my know-it-all 14 year old that I use “Coke” and pronounce “New Orleans” as should be done! I think the only things you & I differ on are syrup & pajamas and I’m guessing the difference is my parent’s Washington Parish redneckitude overriding my New Orleans upbringing. One thing that I’ve been questioned about when we lived elsewhere is “might could have”. I suppose it is similar to “maybe” but that falls a little flat for me and doesn’t quite convey enough. Also, my grandmother used the phrase “larrapin good”, which was explained to me as so tasty your tongue’d knock out your eye teeth tryin’ to lick your lips. I love being from here!

  4. I saw this floating around FB last week and I found it so interesting! I enjoyed your video!

    I’m from CT, born and raised, so we do have a few differences from you, but not nearly as many as I thought we would in terms of pronunciation. I say soda, sneakers, highway (even though I mainly drive on I-95), you guys (I LOLed at you saying it sounds like Sesame Street), Pee-Can for pecan, and marry/merry/Mary all sound the same when I speak. I don’t know if I have the guts to post a video of myself talking on my own blog though haha!

  5. Oh I am really enjoying all of these, listening to the voice of everyone. But truly it’s sneakers and soda.. People.. Sneakers and soda. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    And attorney.. I’ll agree with that one lawyer I such less fancy. Lol

  6. The accent is cute.
    But the attitude is all New Yawk!

  7. Interstate here in the Midwest too!

  8. Hahaha!! Oh, I loved this! I was laughing about “my-naise”. People in NOLA really say that? I didn’t realize you lived there. I love New Orleans. I’ve only been a few times, but STILL. Yoooooouuuu (meaning lots of people, like you say it) talk very distinctly and I love it. Love the way you say “marry”. This was good, good stuff and I’m so glad you linked it up! Sorry I was lame and had it all messed up on my end. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  9. You mean I’ve been spelling Y’ALL wrong all these years!?!?! How disappointing!

    I think you need a sequel- interview more natives!!! Let’s hear some bald aeggs, kitchen zinks, neutral ground & ersters!! Hit the streets sista!!!!!!

  10. I was half raised by a sweet lady from southern Louisianna. To this day I say, “It’s in the rum (room).” Other than that, this Georgia peach is all southern and it is and always will be Coke!

    On a more personal note, I’ve been a reader since February and have really enjoyed your blog. So much so that I went back to the beginning and read through. (or maybe it was that I was avoiding actually working at my place of employment, don’t tell anyone) Either way, I appreciate the honest, funny and raw quality to your writing. I especially like how tangent oriented you are as I am the same way in real life.

    I look forward to more reading! ๐Ÿ™‚

    @smtimmons (on twitter, yes I stalk, er, I mean follow you on there too)

  11. Very well done, just one thing. Do you not like Canadians? I hope this isn’t the case. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • No, no, no!! I’m sorry, Barbara! I’ve only been to Victoria but it was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen. Just teasing about the accents and expressions.

      Poor Canada, like the South, gets a lot of that. Feel free to pick on mine anytime! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. modmomelleroy

    HA! I love this Michele! And aren’t you gawgeous, btw. This cracked me up. You need to vlog more girl. I’m in Joisey, so you can just imagine. I should do this one. We say soda and mayo or manaise…which reminds me…you probably have access to Dukes mayo there…the BEST mayo anywhere!

  13. very funny. do tennis shoes also double as sneakers or is that a whole different category? visiting from the hop. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Ha! I love that you say that you blog about the daily “dumbassery.” Newest follower here… was hoping that you would pop on by my blog and follow back if you like what you read!


    • Hey, Sarah. Thanks for stopping by … and even more for leaving such a nice comment. I promise I’ll try to return the favor. I am horrid about reading. And I mean reading ANYTHING. Like even the directions on how something should be (properly) cooked. There’s probably a name for my impediment … besides illiteracy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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