Tim Heaton

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17 Southern Expressions for Saying Goodbye

As a get-­together winds down, some guests unwittingly overstay their welcome. I believe in erring on the side of "under-­staying" – i.e. always leave...
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10 More Things You’ll Miss About the Deep South

There is an imaginary line, but very real border, that runs from the Virginia Tidewater to West Texas. Above this line there are “you...
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50 Southern Proverbs to Teach Wisdom, Experience

Both the Southern dialect and idioms are largely based on late Elizabethan English and the languages of West Africa. Proverbs are the capsules of...
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48 Southern Exclamations For Happy, Startled and Angry Reactions

Many mothers and grandmothers will not use swear words, or even say the word “swear” ­ hence the term “swannie.” You'll find the number...
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14 Southern Sayings for the Elderly Folks

A friend of mine moved into a small Mississippi town from Chicago. He noticed that an elderly man down the street mowed his yard with...
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24 Southern Expressions for the Crazy

"This is the South and we’re proud of our crazy people. We don’t hide them up in the attic, we bring them right down...
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18 Southern Expressions for Courtship

Northern women get a free pass with regard to dating Southern men. However, Northern men will need a little extra guidance for Southern Belles. There...
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Five Southern Expressions for Giving Directions

Southerners tend to navigate by landmarks. You might hear this exchange if you ask for directions: "It's back there at the edge of nothing....
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18 Ways to Say ‘Confused’ with Southern Flair

A confused mind is an open mind. Quotes from Albert Einstein abound on this topic, but George Saunders is also worth knowing. “Don't be afraid...
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Heaton: 17 Unique Southern Terms for Complainers

Some folks love to complain. Kids love to complain! Around my house these complaints center on: homework (too much), pizza (too little), bed time...