Do You Understand Southern, Dahling?
This is just one example of an idiom that’s peculiar to parts of the south. There are oodles more.
I thought everybody knew about cow licks but I found out that’s just not the case the other day when I told somebody I have one. I believe that person thought I had been out in a pasture when a cow licked me! A cow lick is a bit or chunk of hair that does its own thing. Actually, I have two of ‘em, and they’re awfully inconvenient, don't you know?
Have you ever heard someone say “that dog don’t hunt?” This means the story just doesn’t add up; it doesn’t make sense.
When you’re “barking up the wrong tree,” you’re on the wrong track or you’re just plain wrong.
But, when you’re right and you’re doing something special, someone just might ask you to “give me some sugar.” This doesn’t mean the person wants to borrow a cup of sugar from you; this means “give me a kiss.”