Learn to Speak Southern, pt 4
I’ve got a student working with me for the next few months who is one’a them “damn yankees”. I’m tryin to learn her how to speak the local language down here. She’s struggling so far. I’ve been collecting new terms to share. Enjoy. [Pt 1] [Pt 2] [Pt 3]
- stove up - sore, stiff muscles or joints. “Honey, trot in yonder and get me that paper. I’m too stove up to get up outta this chair.”
- gouch - gout
- epizootie - the funk. a viral illness of any sort.
- virus - gastroenteritis. anything involving diarrhea.
- flu - a respiratory infection, anything from the common cold to pneumonia.
- geehaw - traditionally it’s how to direct a horse. Gee is right, Haw is left. Now it means something like “to get along”. i.e., “I reckon that new foreign doctor knows what he’s talkin about, but me and him just don’t geehaw.”
- cartridges - cartilage. “The bone doc said I tore up the cartridges in my knee”
- bronical - bronchial. “I think I need an antibiotic now doc. I can feel it movin into my bronical tubes.”