45 Southern Phrases Explained for the Yankees Among Us

6. Be able to see to Christmas

Something Grandma would say when she thinks your skirt is too short — you can see clear to the top of the Christmas tree!

7. Bless your heart

A seemingly empathetic phrase usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet but misguided or stupid or when they believe the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it; when said sarcastically, dumbass.

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8. Britches

Pants or underpants.

9. Cattywampus

Sideways or crooked.

10. Catty-corner

Diagonal to something, like catty-corner buildings on a street.

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