22 Words That Have A Totally Different Meaning In The South

It’s more than a region, it’s a state of mind.

1. “Y’all”

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What it means everywhere else: Another way of saying “you guys.”

What it means in the South: A word you use to address two or more people that’s used in almost every single sentence.

2. “Seasons”

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What it means everywhere else: Fall, winter, spring, and summer.

What it means in the South: Hot, super freaking hot, and cold for a couple of weeks.

3. “Football”

What it means everywhere else: A popular contact sport.

What it means in the South: Religion, and what the South is best at.

4. “Mosquitoes”

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What it means everywhere else: Small bugs that are a minor annoyance.

What it means in the South: Bird-sized flying vampires that are the absolute bane of your existence.

5. “Manners”

What it means everywhere else: Occasionally using basic etiquette.

What it means in the South: Always addressing people as ma’am and sir, opening doors, being nice to people, and genuinely meaning it.

6. “BBQ”

What it means everywhere else: Grilling meat in the backyard.

What it means in the South: Slow-cooking meat for several hours, and something every part of the South thinks it does the best.

7. “Tailgating”

What it means everywhere else: Drinking and eating in the parking lot until the big game starts.

What it means in the South: Drinking and eating in the parking lot until the big game starts, dressed to the NINES, fancy and in school colors.

8. “New Orleans”

What it means everywhere else: The biggest city in Louisiana.

What it means in the South: The place where you’ve made at least one questionable decision.

9. “Fixin”

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What it means everywhere else: Short for fixing.

What it means in the South: When you’re about to do something or getting ready to do something. Also used to talk about food.

10. “Humidity”

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What it means everywhere else: The amount of moisture in the air.

What it means in the South: A swampy hell and the reason you feel dirty and sweaty all the damn time.

11. “Summer”

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What it means everywhere else: A time of year for vacations, beach trips, and fun in the sun.

What it means in the South: A hot, humid, hellscape where you try to stay cool by any means necessary.

12. “AC”

What it means everywhere else: An abbreviation for air conditioner.

What it means in the South: A device sent from God and something you can’t live without.

13. “Country Music”

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What it means everywhere else: A genre of music.

What it means in the South: What you hear nonstop on almost every single radio station and at almost every social function.

14. “Goober”

What it means everywhere else: A delicious peanut butter and jelly spread.

What it means in the South: An extremely nice way of calling someone a goofball.

15. “SEC”

What it means everywhere else: A college sports conference.

What it means in the South: Where either you, one of your friends, or a member of your family went to school, and the best damn football conference the world has ever known.

16. “Coke”

What it means everywhere else: A shorter way to say Coca-Cola.

What it means in the South: What you call any carbonated sugary beverage regardless if it’s actually Coca-Cola or not.

17. “Camo”

What it means everywhere else: A combination of colors used for blending in or concealment, short for camouflage.

What it means in the South: A regular part of your wardrobe rotation.

18. “Crawfish”

What it means everywhere else: Little freshwater crustaceans that look like lobsters.

What it means in the South: A food that signifies the most wonderful time of the year.

19. “Wildlife”

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What it means everywhere else: Birds and squirrels.

What it means in the South: Alligators, nutrias, wild hogs, snakes, raccoons, bats, and anything else that roams the backwoods.

20. “Bless Your Heart”

What it means everywhere else: A phrase used to show sincerity and caring.

What it means in the South: A very nice way of calling someone an idiot.

21. “Truck”

What it means everywhere else: A vehicle used to transport stuff.

What it means in the South: The majority of vehicles you see on the road.

22. “The South”

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What it means everywhere else: The southern part of the country.

What it means in the South: The best damn place on Earth.

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