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I’m thankful to my publisher (Winged Publications) for allowing me to write a series based on characters in their autumn years. Southern – Joy book 1 is a Christian romance. I also enjoyed added a little southern slang to the story.

As a lifetime southern gal I had fun introducing my heroine Robin, from my Southern Joy – book 1, to a little bit of the south.

Tucker (her love interest) and Robin’s her new friend Edith, uses some good old southern slang. 

Robin, being from Ohio, had a bit of difficulty with this language.

To quote her friend Edith, “Not everyone speaks with slang, but all southerners know the sayings. We hear it from our parents or grandparents.”

No matter where you’re from slang can be humorous. Here’s some of the common jargon.

  • In many places people use a shopping/grocery cart at the store, but in the south it’s a buggy.
  • Any dark carbonated drink is a coke, not a soft drink or pop.
  • I’m fixin’ to, simply means I’m going to do something.
  • Where I’m from having a mind too, means you’re thinking about doing something
  • If you’re as slow as molasses, then you’re very slow.
  • You’re preachin’ to the choir when you say something that is obvious to the listener.
  • Y’all, yes, that’s you all!
  • If you’re being ugly in North Carolina, then you’re misbehaving.
  • Britches are the pants you’re wearing and a clicker is the remote.
  • When someone in the south can’t do a task anymore then, they used to could.
  • We don’t crave food in the south, we hanker for it.
  • Are you fit as a fiddle? If soyou’re healthy.
  • Everything is honkey dorey. (great)
  • When we get upset in the south we throw a hissy fit or pitch a fit.
  • Nearabout is almost.
  • After a long day’s work you’ll either tuckered out, or wore slap out.
  • There are no snobby people in the southern states, all those folks are uppity.
  • If you’re from my town, you’ll never assume anything, but you’ll reckon so.
  • If something tastes delicious we say, “It’ll make you want to slap your mama,” and Heaven forbid, that is something we’d never do!

These are only a few of the many slang sayings throughout the beautiful southern states.

The last one I want to mention is Bless your heart. This phrase has different meanings and depends on the tone used or the facial expression. If a southern gal thinks you’re pitiful she’ll say, “Bless your heart!”

If you don’t understand what we’re telling you, then, bless your heart.

Also “Bless your heart” means, I’m hurting for you and wish I could help.

I guess you can say I’m GRITS (girl raised in the south) proud. We care for each other, call one another honey as a term of endearment and like to hug.

Southern Joy – book 1

By Mary L. Ball

Robin Young has worked for one of the largest audit and assurance firms’ in Ohio for thirty years. Her career has left little time for relationships. After receiving an urgent call from her sister’s neighbor, she hurries to the small southern town of Fairhope, Alabama.

The ambiance of Alabama has Robin contemplating life and meeting Tucker Ray, the quintessential “good ole boy” of the south, adds to the charm.

Her stay in Fairhope uncovers a secret, and a chance for love, but the Buckeye state is where she belongs.

Can Robin accept change and unravel matters of the heart?

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About the Author:

Mary L. Ball is a multi-published Christian author. She lives in North Carolina and enjoys fishing, reading, and ministering in song with her hubby at functions. Her books are about small-town romance, suspense, and mystery, influenced by the grace of Jesus Christ.

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