As a southern writer who uses southern vernacular in her writing, I often wonder if readers are confused by some of the words I use. Well, that confusion ends today! I have compiled a list of a few words and phrases southern writers often use to aid non-southern readers who pick up our books. Behold, the Southern Writer Dictionary!
Ain’t: (Contraction) Slang for “am not” or “is not”.
‘Backer: (Noun) Slang term for tobacco.
Boot: (Noun) Another word for a vehicle’s trunk.
Britches: (Noun) Another word for pants; usually men’s pants.
Chaw: (Noun) Slang for chewing tobacco and/or tobacco dip.
Chicken and Pastry: (Noun) Another way of saying chicken and dumplings.
Dag on: (Phrase) Another way to express dang or darn.
Fly Flap: (Noun) Another word for fly swatter
Four-Wheeler: (Noun) What most people in the South call a four-wheel-drive ATV.
Miss Priss: (Noun) Nickname for a snooty/preppy female.
Nabs: (Noun) A slang (mostly in North Carolina) term for orange Lance snack crackers.
Pecan: (Noun) (Pronunciation: Pee-can) A type of nut, typically pronounced as pi-caan by others.
Porch: (Noun) Another word for a home’s stoop.
Shug: (Noun) An affectionate nickname for someone (usually a female) | Short for the word sugar.
Slaw: (Noun) Short for coleslaw; usually paired with pulled pork (eastern NC style barbecue) on a sandwich.
Wallago: (Phrase) A verbal slang for “a while ago”; can mean any length of time.
Y’all: (Noun) Slang for “you all”; can mean two or more people. “All y’all” means a large group.
Youngin: (Noun) Slang combination of “young one”; another word for child or kid. | Plural form: Youngins.
What other words can you think to add to the Southern Writer’s Dictionary? Let me know in the comments!