March 17, 2010


A'salaamu alaikum ya'll! This could be a new southernism but only for southern US Muslims, obviously. :-) I wanted to post this photo of Aaminah and when I looked at it, so many southern sayings popped into my mind I knew I needed to share. :-)

1. I could just eat you up! Translation: You are most probably the sweetest thing I have ever seen. :-) This is what I thought when I saw this pic of Aaminah.

2. Look at that sh*t eatin' grin. Translation: You look mischievious. Yes, this is a real bona-fide southern saying.

3. Oh bless her heart! Translation: How I pity you and/or revel in your distress but in order to appear sweet and genteel I can't say so. lol

4. Well I'd rather do ______ than get a kick in the head. Translation: Self-explanatory.

5. I ain't seen you in a month of Sundays. (Pronounced: I ain't seen you in uh month uh Sundees.) Translation: Wow, I can't believe how long it's been since we spoke last!

6. Why, he's mean as a striped snake. (Pronounced: Why, he's mean as a stripe-ed snake.) Translation: Don't mess with that guy. lol

7. Well, they! Translation: You must be kidding me!

8. You're as useless as tits on a bull. Translation: Uh, you're useless. :-D

Here's an impromptu vocab lesson: "layg" and "ayg" are leg and egg and "flair" is both flour and flower.

Please remember when saying these (if you were to ever want to do so!) that you must draw out all vowel sounds. Otherwise you will just sound crazy. :-)

I know there are many more but I think I'm losing my southern-ness. :-( Now Aaminah says "Hi" and "Bye" instead of "Haiiii" and "Bahhh". My baby is gonna have a northern accent. Nooooooooooooooooo!

Ma salaama...


Banana Anne said...

Oh no! Take her to visit the South a lot so she'll pick up that accent! :)
Thanks for posting the "Southernisms"; Masha'Allah, Southern American English is so creative and sweet!

Umm Hamza said...

Salams sister! Masha'Allah she's so cute! Wow, I feel like I just learned a new language. (Was raised in northern Ohio) #2 and #8 had me ROTFL! Take Care, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Stephanie said...

You're funny...I love southern accents. Here in the Kansas we have a twang (not quite as much as the south though), especially the country people and the southern and western side of the state have distinct accents. We also say 1,2 and 3. I've known several people from Tennessee and i always love how they talk.

Umm Aaminah said...

Aww shucks ya'll, thanks alot. lol You know that tag line from "the Beverly Hillbillies" "Now ya'll come back now, ya hear"? Really my family says things like that to each other.

"Now don't rush off. Just a stay a little bit more. You ain't no problem, we got enough food for all."

Masha'allah I love my crazy (slightly redneck) family!

ma salaama..

Texan in UAE said...

LOOOOOOOOOOOL so cute! I love this post! brought back memories! loads. You daughter is adorable! just adorable! masha'a'Allah. Where are y'all living now?

Love of Islam said...

except #4 should be, "Better'n a kick in the head!"...I know bec first time I ever heard that you said it to me, lol.

Don't forget D's ull for oil and taters for potatoes. Ya reckon and ya oughtta...oh yea and y'all...because in the North we say You Guys!!! lool