ROASIN’ NEARS---fresh-picked corn, from “Roasting Ears,” and what could be better alongside a pot of Black-Eyed Peas, a black skillet of Cornbread, some Home-Grown Tomatoes, and a little slice of Sweet Onion?
This one’s not a saying, but sort of a question: If emerald green is the NEW COLOR FOR SPRING, why is it the lady in the green satin dress always looks as if she got the bad seat in the limo?
A couple which need no defining:
Not a lick a sense
I could just hug your neck.
Come gimme some sugar.
TACKY and UGLY---can both be unsightly, disheveled or slipshod or badly-matched or fitted, or just plain ole Pure-D awful, like three plaids in one outfit or a hairbow with a permanent.
And they can both refer to behavior: Don’t you ever go to a party you’re not invited to---that’s just TACKY.
You give him back his Legos---we’re going home if you’re going to act ugly.
CARRYIN’ ON---a lot like takin’ on, but usually not in as mournful a way, as in, “Mrs. Pund is too much of a lady to go carryin’ on when they broke her good punchbowl at the shower, but she didn’t ever forget it.”
CARRYIN’ ON could also refer to Harliss MacIntire’s exploits up Highway 61
FULL AS A TICK---have eaten too much
TIGHT AS A TICK---same as above, or could refer to having had too much to drink, OR to being stingy. Just plain TIGHT is also used for both these conditions.
HIGH AS A KITE---Drunk
DEAD ON FOOT, WORKED DOWN, AND BROKE IN TWO IN THE MIDDLE---Various stages of exhaustion.
PUT ON---host or stage. You can variously put on a party, a wedding, a show, a pageant, a cantata, a concert.
But when you get somewhat above yourself, Putting on airs and spending entirely beyond your means on any of the above just to make a big show, you’re PUTTIN’ ON THE DAWG, and not fooling anybody.
One of the very best lines in all Southern usage:
I’d love to buy her for what she’s worth, and sell her for what she thinks she is.
And one which just came out of my mouth the other night, without even thinking---if it ain’t a SOUTHERNISM, it oughta be:
Wouldn’t that just make you mad enough to go out in the yard and shoot Peeps off a stump?