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45 Southern phrases Yankees just don't understand

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

Y'all listen up, now — here's what people from the South really mean

You might hold a soft spot in your heart for the South if you have ever been invited to "supper" — or have been asked to pass the "clicker." Admittedly stereotypical, Southern slang is a trademark, right along with that adorable Southern accent. And while it may sound like some Southern sayings makes no damn sense if you weren't born and raised in one of the down-home states, they always make for some really interesting conversation.

The first thing you should know is that Southerners are prone to hyperbole. While this list covers some of the main phrases you'll hear, if it sounds like we might be exaggerating, we probably are, but it's just for effect:

1. Access road

Service road; the road that allows you entrance to the highway.

2. (A) mind to

To consider doing something.

3. Aren’t you precious?

Most always said sarcastically in response to someone being offensive (i.e., if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all).

4. Being ugly

This has nothing do with physical appearance — instead it means misbehaving.

5. Barking up the wrong tree

Being mistaken or misguided.

Next Up: More of what people from the South are really saying

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