An Animal’s Guide To Speaking Like A Redneck

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1. Be too big for one’s britches

Translation: to think too highly of oneself

2. Britches

Translation: pants

3. Dang/darn/dern tootin’

Translation: an expression of agreement, as in, “Louella, you make the finest biscuits this side of the Mississippi.” “Dern tootin’.”

4. Get up with

Translation: to contact or get together with

5. Granny-slappin’ good (so good, it makes you want to slap your granny)

Translation: very good, usually delicious

6. Gussied up

Translation: cleaned up and dressed very nicely (perhaps formally)

7. High cotton

Translation: wealthy; successful (and maybe snobby)

8. Kinfolk

Translation: family, especially extended family

9. Knee-high to a grasshopper

Translation: very young and small, as in, “The last time I saw you, you were knee-high to a grasshopper, and look how grown-up you are now!”

10. Lick

Translation: (noun) any amount at all, usually used in negative sentences such as, “I didn’t get a lick of work done today because my boss kept calling me in for meetings.” (verb) To beat up, as in, “I licked him good that time.”

11. Like herding cats

Translation: anything that is difficult to do, but especially anything that requires organizing difficult people (like small children)

12. Ornery

Translation: difficult to deal with; stubborn; finicky

13. Piddly/piddlin’

Translation: a small amount (negative connotation)

14. Skedaddle

Translation: to leave hurriedly

15. Snug as a bug (in a rug)

Translation: very comfortable

16. Sugar

Translation: affection, as in, “Come here and give me some sugar.”

17. Varmint

Translation: an animal (usually wild)

18. Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle

Translation: an expression of surprise, shock and/or disbelief

19. Yankee

Translation: a person from the North

20. Yapper

Translation: mouth

21. Younguns

Translation: young people

H/T yourdictionary.com for translations.

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