Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Few More Southernisms

Despite the weather warming up, there have been quite a few germs flying around east Tennessee in the last couple of months, and we've more than our fair share. Actually, I've had more than my fair share. Jon got away with only one bout with the crud. I'm currently on my third in the last month.


Being sick, however, has afforded me the opportunity to hear a couple more funny southernisms:

"puny"
northern definition: really, really small, usually in a derogatory sense
southern definition: sickly
as heard in real life: My doctor walked into the room and said, "I hear you've been feeling puny."

"underbritches"
northern definition: there isn't one - we just don't have this term in our vocabulary up north
southern definition: one's unmentionables
as heard in real life: The surgeon told me today, "Go ahead and slip out of yer britches, but you can leave yer underbritches on."


I may not have moved to another country, but sometimes I feel like I'm in a whole different world. More on my amusing, if rather frustrating, visit to the surgeon's office later.

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