Only a true Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption and that you don’t “have” them, but “pitch” them.
Nobody but a true Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up a mess.
A true Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of “yonder.”
A true Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is – as in “Going to town, be back directly.”
Even true Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All true Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
True Southerners know instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. (If the trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’.)
True Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They know/ that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.
True Southerners both know and understand the differences between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
True Southerners know that “fixin” can be used both as a noun, verb and adverb.
A true southerner knows how to use “might could” and “might should” appropriately.
Only a true southerner knows when to use “all y’all”.
A true Southerner knows how to understand Southern: a booger can be a resident of the nose, a descriptive (“That ol’ booger!”) or something that jumps out at you in the dark and scares the bejezus out of you.
True Southerners make friends standing in lines. We don’t do “queues,” we do “lines.” We stand IN them, not ON them. And when we’re in line, we talk to everybody.
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, if only by marriage.
True Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all.”
True Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every true Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that redeye gravy is also a breakfast food; that fried green tomatoes are not breakfast food.
Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it – we do not like our tea unsweetened; “sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 on the freeway – you say, “Bless her heart” and go your way.
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