Creepy Southern sayings

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Southerners carry a longtime reputation for peculiarity. Everything from our country accents, to foods like fried green tomatoes and G.R.I.T.S. and really sweet tea, sets us apart. Growing up below the Mason-Dixon line, it never occurred to me as a child that we might seem strange or different to outsiders. It wasn’t until I grew up and made friends with people from other geographic regions (Yankees), that I noticed this quality of eccentricity. As a tribute to this weirdness, I compiled a list of creepy sayings, for which the South is particularly known.

If creepy sayings were somehow solidified, you couldn’t throw a rock in the South without hitting one.

  • “He looked like death warmed over.”
  • “A whistling woman and a crowing hen never come to a very good end.”
  • “Between the Devil and the deep blue sea…”
  • “In the dead of night”
  • “Dead man walking!”
  • “In high cotton”
  • “She looked like she’d seen a ghost.”
  • “Happy as a dead pig in the sunshine”
  • “A bird in the house means a death in the family.”
  • ”’Stop, drop and roll’ does not work in Hell.”
  • “Drowning in your own tears”
  • “He bled like a stuck pig.”
  • “If you don’t stop that crying, I’ll give you something to cry about!”
  • “You don’t believe in the devil? You should: He believes in you.”
  • “She cut off her nose to spite her own face.”
  • “Don’t kill the messenger.”
  • “I’ll give up my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.”
  • “Knocking on Death’s door”
  • “That put the final nail in the coffin.”
  • “Before the devil knows you’re dead.”
  • “Cross your heart and hope to die; stick a needle in your eye.”
  • “I need him like I need a hole in my head.”
  • “As I was going up the stair, / I met a man who wasn’t there. / He wasn’t there again today, / I wish, I wish he’d go away!”
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