15 Southern Sayings That The Rest Of America Probably Won’t Understand

Language discrepancies naturally arise in different geographic regions… but the South undoubtedly takes the cake.

Conversations south of the Mason-Dixon line will most likely confuse anyone not born there.

Here are 15 of the most ridiculous Southern sayings, with attempted explanations.

1. “We’re living in high cotton.”
Cotton has long been a key crop to the South’s economy, so every harvest farmers pray for tall bushes loaded with white fluffy balls in their fields. Tall cotton bushes are easier to pick and yield higher returns. If you’re living “in high cotton,” it means you’re feeling particularly successful or wealthy.

2. “She was madder than a wet hen.”
Hens sometimes enter a phase of “broodiness” — they’ll stop at nothing to incubate their eggs and get agitated when farmers try to collect them. Farmers used to dunk hens in cold water to “break” their broodiness.

You don’t want to be around a hormonal hen after she’s had an ice bath.

3. “He could eat corn through a picket fence.”
This describes someone with an unfortunate set of buck teeth. They tend to stick up and outward, like a horse’s teeth. Imagine a horse eating a carrot and you’ll get the picture.

4. “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”
A pig’s ear may look soft, pink, and shiny, but you’re not fooling anyone by calling it your new Marc Jacobs bag. A Southerner might say this about her redneck cousin who likes to decorate his house with deer antlers.

5. “You look rode hard and put up wet.”
No, this isn’t Southern sexual innuendo. The phrase refers to a key step in horse grooming — when a horse runs fast, it works up a sweat, especially under the saddle. A good rider knows to walk the horse around so it can dry off before going back to the stable. A horse will look sick and tired if you forget this step, much like a person who misses sleep or drinks too much.

6. “He’s as drunk as Cooter Brown.”
Cooter Brown is an infamous character in Southern lore. Legend tells that he lived on the Mason-Dixon line — the border between the North and South — during the Civil War. To avoid the draft on either side, Cooter decided to stay drunk throughout the entire war, making him ineligible for battle.

Inebriated Southerners have measured their drunkenness by him ever since.

7. “She’s as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine.”
When a pig dies, presumably in a sty outside, the sun dries out its skin. This effect pulls the pig’s lips back to reveal a toothy “grin,” making it look happy even though it’s dead. This phrase describes a person who’s blissfully ignorant of reality.

8. “She’s got more nerve than Carter’s got Liver Pills.”
Carters Products started as a pill-peddling company in the latter part of the 19th century. Specifically, Carters repped its “Little Liver Pills” so hard a Southern saying spawned from the omnipresent advertisements.

Alas, the Federal Trade Commission forced the drug-group to drop the “liver” portion of the ad, claiming it was deceptive. Carter’s “Little Liver Pills” became Carter’s “Little Pills” in 1951, but the South doesn’t really pay attention to history. The phrase stuck.

9. “I’m finer than frog hair split four ways.”
Southerners mostly use this phrase to answer, “How are you?” Even those below the Mason-Dixon know frogs don’t have hair, and the irony means to highlight just how dandy you feel.

The phrase reportedly originated in C David “Diary of 1865.”

10. “He thinks the sun comes up just to hear him crow.”
On farms (not just in the South) roosters usually crow when the sun rises. Their vociferous habit wakes up the house, signaling time to work.

An extremely cocky rooster might think the sun rises simply because he crows. Similarly, an extremely cocky man might think the same when he speaks — and also that everyone should listen to him.

11. “That’s about as useful as tits on a bull.”
Only female dairy cows produce milk. Male cows are called bulls. And even if you could “milk anything with nipples,” bulls tend to be rather ornery. Good luck with that.

12. “That thing is all catawampus.”
Catawampus adj: askew, awry, cater-cornered.

Lexicographers don’t really know how it evolved, though. They speculate it’s a colloquial perversion of “cater-corner.” Variations include: catawampous, cattywampus, catty wonkus. The South isn’t really big on details.

13. “He’s got enough money to burn a wet mule.”
In 1929, then-Governor of Louisiana Huey Long, nicknamed “The Kingfish,” tried to enact a five-cent tax on each barrel of refined oil to fund welfare programs. Naturally, Standard Oil threw a hissy fit and tried to impeach him on some fairly erroneous charges (including attending a drunken party with a stripper).

But Long, a good ole’ boy, fought back. He reportedly said the company had offered legislators as much as $25,000 for their votes to kick him out of office — what he called “enough money to burn a wet mule.”

We Northerners may not know what that means, but at least we know where it comes from.

Bonus: Bless Your Heart
Almost everyone knows Southern women drop this phrase constantly. But it might not mean what you think it means.

In reality, the phrase has little to do with religion and more to do with a passive-aggressive way to call you an idiot. Depending on your inflection, saying “bless your heart” can sting worse than any insult.

Gulf Coast Cowboy: July 9 – 7pm CST

Gulf Coast Cowboy: July 9

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Welcome back to the Gulf Coast Cowboy, a weekly dose of the good life through great music! This week we will be interviewing Sam Rainwater, the singer/songwriter of “Can You Not Here Me Now” on our show. Along with our interview, this week’s episode is devoted to the place where many memories take place, the bar. Whether they started or the ended at the bar, some of life’s best memories took place there (whether we want to admit it or not). Tune in Wednesday July 9th at 7pm for a full hour of great music to take you away.

Track Listing

1. Barstools and Beach Chairs – Cedar Island Band
2. Something To Beach About – Dennis Davis
3. Can You Not Hear Me Now – Sam Rainwater
4. Landlocked – Southern Drawl Band
5. A Bar Down In Mexico – Mark Mulligan
6. Barstool Boogie – Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks (feat. Jimmy Buffett)
7. Bar On A Beach – Jambo Joe Bones
8. Show Me The Way To Go Home – Jimmy & the Parrots
9. Boat Drinks – Jimmy Buffett
10. Rita’s Going Wild – John Friday
11. The Road Goes On Forever – Robert Earl Keen
12. Bar On Front Street – Jim Morris
13. Sheila Tequila (from Cinco De Mayo) – John Reno

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Quick Note from WFR – Today’s Pirates

Today’s pirates are much different from yesterday’s pirates but, they are still down here. The only difference is they are selling sunglasses, beach towels and cheap cigars to tourists who could buy the same stuff in the US for cheaper. When you come down, for goodness sake, enjoy the REAL island paradise and don’t get suckered into the touristy crap. Just saying it would be a shame to go home with a bunch of materialistic memories that were made in China or Sri Lanka or somewhere like that.

Kenny Chesney Releases New Music After Year Off

SINGLE “AMERICAN KIDS” CELEBRATES YOUNG AMERICA.

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Kenny Chesney definitely deserved the yearlong sabbatical he took from the business, and we kind of suspected that when he came back, it would be with a bang.

So the lead single, “American Kids,” from Kenny’s next project is about to make some noise. Written by Rodney Clawson (Frankie Ballard’s “Helluva Life”), Luke Laird (Lady Antebellum’s “Downtown”) and Shane McAnally (Kenny’s “Come Over”), Kenny heard the tune during a writers’ retreat with Shane. “When I heard it, I knew I was gonna cut it,” Kenny says. “It was unlike anything I’d ever heard, and I listen to a lot of songs. The rhythms, the images, the way the melody moved . . . it just grabs you and holds on, but even more importantly, it feels really good.”

A teaser video has been released to give fans a hint as to what to expect, but the only lyric we hear is a little messed up, but we’re all alright. Kenny explains, “Hey, life is hard. People work long hours, have all kinds of stuff going on in their personal lives. But if there’s one thing I’ve seen over the last 10 years, looking out at the face in the crowd: you can’t keep my fans down. These are people who, no matter what, are in love with life, and they’re gonna find the good times no matter what.”

“American Kids” will be at radio on June 20 and available for digital purchase on June 23.

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DIY – Pirate Chest

The cooler and drain

The cooler and drain
I chose a 52 qt igloo cooler because of its shape and the fact that the hinges, handles, and drain plug assy were easily removable. Though, any squared or rectangle cooler would work. 1. I found some threaded PVC fittings (1/2″) that fit through the drain hole (keep the original o-ring to reuse on the new drain assy). 2. I used a typical hose bibb from Lowes and some threaded PVC fittings to make the drain assembly. 3. I had to use a 1/2″ flange to get a tight fit. ( I know it doesn’t look great, but it is hidden inside the box)

Building the box

Building the box
1. Used 5/8″ plywood. 2. I used wood glue and a finish nailer. 3. Don’t forget to drill a hole for your drain valve. 4. I do not have the exact measurements. The bottom piece is an exact of the length and width of the cooler top. 5. The height I made right up to the top of the bottom part of the cooler. 6. The bottom part of the cooler does not attach to the box in any way. Except maybe the drain actually going through the box. The box is so tight that it really won’t move around in transport. But, not so tight that you can’t pull it out if you want to. 7. When measuring the top half make up for the difference in how high the bottom box is. The actual lid to the cooler will stick out of the top wood cover. I did this by placing the cooler top on and building the top around it while it was like that. 8. You can make the top half taller or shorter, what ever looks good to you. 9. Just measure across to recreate the supports I put in so that the lid will not fall out or push up when it is closed. These are secured by 4 stainless steel screws.
Hinges
Hinges
Once the top and bottom are built just add some door hinges of your choice. I sanded it before I put on the trim.

What is good about not gluing the bottom or top of the cooler is that you can take it out to clean it or replace it if it breaks. Just remove the screws to take out the lid.

Trim

Trim
The trim is just pallet lumber. It’s free and has a worn look to it. This was the tedious part. Just measure an cut.

For the edges, just make some L channel out of two pieces of cut pallet lumber.

You don’t really get a good view of the back. Though if you could see it I had to cut the trim at an angle so that it could open and close.

I found all of the hardware on random sites by searching Rustic nail covers, rustic handles, and rustic lock in Google. These nail covers really make it look authentic. They just nail right into the wood

Stain and hardware

Stain and hardware
After I had the trim on I sanded it again then put on a dark stain and then 2 coats sealant. Once that was done I used an escutcheon plate where the drain valve goes through. Again, wish I had more pictures.

When it is finished it isn’t as heavy as you’d think. When empty it can be carried around by one person. The handles support it even when it is full of ice and drinks. When its full it might take two to carry it. Since it’s a “pirate chest” it is okay if its dented, there are minor gaps, or its a little dented or scratched. I think it gives it a more authentic look. So nothing has to be exact or “perfect”.

Concert review: Jimmy Buffett douses fans with familiar songs, Atlanta tales

The beach balls tossed around the crowd. The leis. The adult beverages being consumed in parking areas – yes, even at Chastain.

Forty-plus years into a career and none of it changes.

BuffettAnd that’s exactly how Parrotheads like it.

At his first gig at Chastain Park Amphitheatre in 27 years, Jimmy Buffett skipped onto the stage in his traditional uniform of pastel shorts and flip-flops and immediately burst into “Summertime Blues” with his nine-piece band and two backup singers.

By the second song, a steel drum-inflected cover of Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl,” the shoes were shucked and the nearly sold-out crowd popped to their feet to sing along.

The fact is, Buffett could be up there reciting the Gettysburg Address and as long as fans could wear a foam fin on their heads, they’d happily recite along with him.

His catalog is comprised of uncomplicated songs (“Changes in Latitude” is paint-by-numbers Caribbean lite and the self-explanatory “Too Drunk to Karaoke” is cheerfully brainless) and Buffett has always been a flat, nasally singer prone, in his later years, to speak-singing lyrics live.

But he’s committed to a lifestyle that offers fans a couple of hours of escapism and, while his style isn’t for everyone, he presents it with a warm smile and many, many stories.

“Why the hell not?” was Buffett’s reasoning for returning to Chastain after nearly three decades, and the same could be said about those who shelled out more than $250 for the best seats in the amphitheater. For many, a Buffett show is an annual ritual, and if foot-tapping along to the jaunty “Volcano” and the clip-clopping “One Particular Harbour” makes them happy…so be it.

While Buffett’s extensive chatting between songs was endearing to a point – and he customized his banter to Atlanta-specific tales – it also led to an even-keeled energy level that never escalated because of the continued pauses.

His introduction to the still-lovely “Come Monday” included a story about when, in his fledgling years, he performed a show at The Bistro on West Peachtree Street and “no one actually came.”

Buffett photoThe eternal singalong “Cheeseburger in Paradise” was prefaced by Buffett, 67, noting, “In my early days, my only cheeseburgers were from Krystal and The Varsity.”

Locals undoubtedly appreciated hearing Buffett praise Atlanta’s Zac Brown Band prior to covering the band’s swinging “Knee Deep” (on which Buffett appeared on record); later, Buffett reeled off the combo of ZBB’s “Free” and Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic” popularized by the pair on “CMT Crossroads” (ZBB launched its own summer tour over the weekend, so a live sighting was not to be).

Adding to the Atlanta connections, one of Buffett’s longtime backup singers is Nadirah Shakoor, an Atlanta native and former member of Arrested Development.

The other secret weapon in Buffett’s ace band, which is as capable of adding a pretty accordion coating to “He Went to Paris” as easily as injecting electric guitar into to the rockin’ soul of “The Pascagoula Run,” is guitarist Mac McAnally, the deserved six-time winner of the Country Music Association’s Musician of the Year award.

The booming voiced guitarist held the crowd – a notoriously chatty and distracted bunch at Chastain – rapt with his playing on The Allman Brothers’ “Little Martha” and filled in the Toby Keith portion of “Too Drunk to Karaoke.”

During the 2 ½-hour concert, Buffett included only a couple of selections from last year’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” album – his 27th release and ostensibly the reason for this tour, dubbed “This One’s For You.”

But everyone knows that Buffett doesn’t need a new album to support a tour. A few grass skirts and blenders of booze and yet another trip to “Margaritaville” is all that is ever required.

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Meet Me In The Keys 2014

 

Meet me in the Keys 2014 registration is now open!  Read registration instructions first, then Click here to register.

Here is the preliminary daily schedule for the event. Remember that you must be a member of one of the Castaways clubs in order to register and attend.

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Wednesday, June 4
Goodie bag stuffing
Pre-event outing at Smokin’ Tuna Saloon
Thursday, June 5
Check in/credential pick up
“P-Jammin’ Pajama Party” at Doubletree Ballroom – music by the John Patti Project, with opening act Roger Jokela
Friday, June 6
Pool party all afternoon – music by John Patti, Jimi Pappas and John Frinzi
Fun, relay-type pool games
You can sign up for Kokomo Joe’s Off Duval Bar Crawl, which involves stops at 5 bars where you will receive a free drink at each. A portion of the proceeds from this outing will be donated to Care Camp. For more details and to sign up for that, please go to http://kokomojoeskeywest.com/. It’s a fun night!

Saturday, June 7
Annual Hangover Classic Walk to Hurricane Hole – music by Frankendread, followed by Dennis McCaughey of Tropical Soul
While there, attendees can rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks, speed boats and more
Snorkel trips, trips around the reef and other fun available
Food and drink specials
Private, attendees-only concert at the historic San Carlos Theater by Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 Band!

Sunday, June 8
All-day outing to Snipe Point – includes lunch, free beer, wine and rum punch – concert by Howard Livingston’s trio.
The San Carlos and Snipe Point outings are limited seating so register early to assure your spot! Registration is now open.

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Pirate Code – Bartholomew Roberts (Black Bart)

    1. Every man shall have an equal vote in affairs of moment. He shall have an equal title to the fresh provisions or strong liquors at any time seized, and shall use them at pleasure unless a scarcity may make it necessary for the common good that a retrenchment may be voted.
    2. Every man shall be called fairly in turn by the list on board of prizes, because over and above their proper share, they are allowed a shift of clothes. But if they defraud the company to the value of even one dollar in plate, jewels or money, they shall be marooned. If any man rob another he shall have his nose and ears slit, and be put ashore where he shall be sure to encounter hardships.
    3. None shall game for money either with dice or cards.
    4. The lights and candles should be put out at eight at night, and if any of the crew desire to drink after that hour they shall sit upon the open deck without lights.
    5. Each man shall keep his piece, cutlass and pistols at all times clean and ready for action.
    6. No boy or woman to be allowed amongst them. If any man shall be found seducing any of the latter sex and carrying her to sea in disguise he shall suffer death.
    7. He that shall desert the ship or his quarters in time of battle shall be punished by death or marooning.
    8. None shall strike another on board the ship, but every man’s quarrel shall be ended on shore by sword or pistol in this manner. At the word of command from the quartermaster, each man being previously placed back to back, shall turn and fire immediately. If any man do not, the quartermaster shall knock the piece out of his hand. If both miss their aim they shall take to their cutlasses, and he that draw the first blood shall be declared the victor.
    9. No man shall talk of breaking up their way of living till each has a share of 1,000. Every man who shall become a cripple or lose a limb in the service shall have 800 pieces of eight from the common stock and for lesser hurts proportionately.
    10. The captain and the quartermaster shall each receive two shares of a prize, the master gunner and boatswain, one and one half shares, all other officers one and one quarter, and private gentlemen of fortune one share each.
    11. The musicians shall have rest on the Sabbath Day only by right. On all other days by favor only.

Sessions: John Friday

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- Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday

Sessions is a music series that features live performances by some of the best Southwest Florida bands and musicians actively working in the 239.

This week the Sessions team chatted with Bonita Springs-based songwriter John Friday. He also came by the Inthe239.com studio to perform “Coastal Dreamin’” and “Beachfront.”

How do you describe your sound?

John Friday: Well, we call the genre trop rock. The easiest way to describe it is to think Jimmy Buffett, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, the islandy sort of sound. … My own writing tends to be all over the map. I have stuff that kind of goes into the Waylon Jennings, outlaw country sort of sound and then other stuff that’s very steel drum, palm trees, margaritas on the beach kind of songs.

When did you decide to make music for a living?

Friday: I’ve been playing guitar since I was 13. When I was in high school I played in a few bands. I never really expected to make a career of it. … Back in 2008 I lost my teaching position due to budget cuts. And I talked it over with my girlfriend. We kind of said, let’s give it a try. I said I’ll do it for about a year and see how it goes.

Is it hard to do this full-time?

Friday: That’s a very frustrating aspect of this job. The pay is sporadic. Its erratic. It’s sometimes nonexistent and it’s a constant effort to keep that cash flow going on.  (Read More)

Archaeologists recover 5 cannons from wreck of Blackbeard’s ship

 

cannonraised.jpgArchaeologists have recovered five more cannons from the wreck Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, off the coast of North Carolina.

State underwater archeologists on Monday raised the largest of the guns, weighing in at about 3,000 pounds.The other four weigh about 2,000 pounds, the Carteret County News-Times reported.

Project Director Billy Ray Morris says historians think the largest cannon was made in Sweden, indicating that Blackbeard had guns from different countries. State officials say about 280,000 artifacts have been recovered from the wreck.

“It was just an absolutely fantastic day,” Morris told the Carteret County News-Times. “If we can get this team in the future and weather like we had today, we will have the artifacts up by the end of 2014.”

Blackbeard, the world’s most famous pirate, captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge in 1717. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed Blackbeard in Ocracoke Inlet the following year, five months after the ship sank.

The wreck was located in 1996 in Beaufort Inlet. According to the News-Times, archaeologists hope to retrieve all of the artifacts from the site by next year because of deterioration brought about by hurricanes that have hit the coast.

Morris told the News-Times that 30 cannons have been discovered at the site and at least eight remain on the ocean floor. As of Monday, 22 cannons have been raised from the wreckage.

“We know the records state that the Queen Anne’s Revenge had 40 cannons, and I believe we’ll find some more before it’s all over, but I’m not sure if we’ll find all 40,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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