There is something oxy-moronish (← YAY! another new made-up word that I will file for later use) about someone from this state of Oklahoma that I reside in asking me where I am from because of my southern accent…. but yet, it happens all too frequent.
Could it be that I use terms such as:
“What in the cat-hair?”
“Oh my land agoshins!” ( I have no idea what “agoshins” means…)
*side note* My darling husband just walked in and he opened the milk and smelled it and asked it if was OK to drink. I asked him what the date was and he said March 25th to which I exclaimed:
“Well I would hope to shout!”
Anyway, here are a few more off the top of my head:
“I’m madder than a hornet!”
“That’s slicker than snot on a glass doorknob!”
“He’s meaner than a snake!”
“It’s hotter than a two-peckered billy-goat in a pepper patch!” (hi mom. sorry…<gulp>)
Anyway, you get my point I presume. But it’s not like I am always going around saying these phrases when I am buying milk at the local grocery store right? So what is it? Well, lately my husband, the Big Injun Man, has been coming to me and telling me the same thing about him. Evidentially he can call up the local parts house where he gets a lot of his supplies and they know him. Here is the deal. There are like 6 of them he frequents. He does not identify himself nor his company. They just *know* him by his accent. I will tell you that he does have a very, very strong D-R-A-W-L…………..
That reminds me of something else… I have two biological children. The one resembling myself talks like me, sounds southern, the whole bit. My other daughter who has not lived with her dad for years (who is a Yank by the way…) was born and raised here in Oklahoma but sounds just like him! Weirdness! She says “pen” instead of “pin” for “pen.” I say “pin.” She says “my best frand” instead of “my best freend.” I mean for the love of Pete! How will she get by in this world talking like that? And then on the other side of the fence are my 2 step kids. They were both born and raised in Oklahoma their entire lives, yet they have no accent! At least not to me.
And so after thinking about it on a deeper level, both him and I are transplanted here in Oklahoma after growing up in Arkansas. I have decided that Okies are not really true, blue, born and bred hillbillies. Yes…they claim to be. They pretend to have these fabulous hick accents…but they hold no candle to us Arkies. I have stood out from the day I have moved here and so has my husband.
At least we are identifiable in sea of wanna-be hillbillies!
Share your slang from your part of the world on the “comments” section. It will be fun to see how it differs!