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These Southern Expressions And Phrases Make Us Scratch Our Heads

WTF is a "sursy"?

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I'm from South Carolina.

Home of palmetto trees and barbecue.
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Home of palmetto trees and barbecue.

And if there’s one thing that I know about it and most Southerners, it’s that we say a lot of weird shit.

It’s not like it’s a bad thing, it just doesn’t make sense.
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It’s not like it’s a bad thing, it just doesn’t make sense.

So I got to thinking...

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Which Southern phrases make NO sense?

This is an investigation for the FBI, but I'll have to do.
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This is an investigation for the FBI, but I'll have to do.

1.

What is a tarnation? I'm in tarnation trying to figure out what tarnation means.
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What is a tarnation? I'm in tarnation trying to figure out what tarnation means.

2.

If our friends are in low places, then why do we want them as resources? I'm trying to get an internship, Tammy. I don't want Mr. Low Place mucking it up with his shady business.
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If our friends are in low places, then why do we want them as resources? I'm trying to get an internship, Tammy. I don't want Mr. Low Place mucking it up with his shady business.

3.

This isn't that hard to get, but we should actually call it "easy money for the car wash."
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This isn't that hard to get, but we should actually call it "easy money for the car wash."

4.

I thought this was Dory's (of Finding Nemo fame) hot older brother.
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I thought this was Dory's (of Finding Nemo fame) hot older brother.

5.

How did we get to this point of the creek without a paddle?
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How did we get to this point of the creek without a paddle?

6.

That sounds like a painful sex position.
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That sounds like a painful sex position.

7.

Do I even have to explain the weirdness of this one?
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Do I even have to explain the weirdness of this one?

8.

It was even stranger when someone told you they were going to give you "birthday licks."
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It was even stranger when someone told you they were going to give you "birthday licks."

9.

Is a "yonder" measured in the English or metric system?
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Is a "yonder" measured in the English or metric system?

10.

I've never met a sick pupper in my life; they're always so happy and energetic. Where are these sick dogs and how can I help you.
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I've never met a sick pupper in my life; they're always so happy and energetic. Where are these sick dogs and how can I help you.

11.

This one kinda makes sense, but only because "gussy" sounds like a fancy goose who frequents between Niagara Falls and wine country for vacation.
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This one kinda makes sense, but only because "gussy" sounds like a fancy goose who frequents between Niagara Falls and wine country for vacation.

12.

I mean, if someone took my traveling fancy goose, I'd be pissed off, too.
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I mean, if someone took my traveling fancy goose, I'd be pissed off, too.

13.

This words looks crooked, so I guess it makes sense?
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This words looks crooked, so I guess it makes sense?

14.

Where are these cows going? The moo-seum?
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Where are these cows going? The moo-seum?

15.

How can something so nice be such a drag?
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How can something so nice be such a drag?

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