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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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.
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
Crist doesn't add anything to the campaign, despite his Southernism.
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 --
I really can't say that it's a widespread Southernism_ I'm not sure.
Southernism, upon the issue of President Lincoln's proclamation calling for troops, and his caustic, biting tongue.
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.
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.
But other people are saying well, it's kind of a Southernism.
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!