Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expression or a pronunciation characteristic of the southern United States or southern England.
  • n. A trait, attitude, or practice characteristic of the South or southerners, especially in the United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A word or form of expression peculiar to the south, and specifically to the southern United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
  • n. an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US)

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Examples

  • I am reminded of a quaint old Southernism: He ought not let his alligator mouth overload his hummingbird backside there are a couple alternate words for “backside” but this is a family friendly site.

    Belmont Club » Double Down

  • In an attempt to reverse this trend, a Southern friend of mine offers the alternate when the grits hit the pan, but this usage seems destined to remain a regionalism at best, the kind of Southernism collected by John H. Felts in "Bumps, Grinds, and Other Lewd

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • Crist doesn't add anything to the campaign, despite his Southernism.

    Obayhma.

  • Q On the question of his appointment to the National Endowment for the Arts, is the President trying to inject more Southernism into our national culture, or is he --

    Mccurry Briefing

  • I really can't say that it's a widespread Southernism_ I'm not sure.

    George Wallace: American Populist

  • Southernism, upon the issue of President Lincoln's proclamation calling for troops, and his caustic, biting tongue.

    Four years under Marse Robert,

  • Preston's strange heat and sudden Southernism, Mr. Davis's wile and greatness, a coming disputed election, quarrels between the people where I was born and the people where I was brought up, divisions and jealousies, floated before my mind in unlovely and confused visions.

    Daisy

  • Preston's strange heat and Southernism, Mr. Davis's wile and greatness, a coming disputed election, quarrels between the people where I was born and the people where I was brought up, divisions and jealousies, floated before my mind in unlovely and confused visions.

    Daisy

  • But other people are saying well, it's kind of a Southernism.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Thus, one wonders, where is our contribution to the construction of south, and where is our patriotism, Southernism and why are we selling south just for the sake of self enrichment!

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