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45 Southern phrases Yankees just don't understand

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

Southerners and their slang go together like peas and carrots (or maybe like barbecue and sweet tea, but you get the picture). Sometimes, chatting with a group of Southerners — especially if you hail from the North — can sound like they're speaking a whole different language. Sure, the Southern vernacular may be quite distinct and a little nonsensical at times, but it makes for fun fodder for 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:

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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: More of what people from the South are really saying

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