Alabama Slang and Common SayingsIf you're Alabama-bound you may want to brush up on your southern slang. Alabamians are frequently using these common southern sayings that may be difficult for out-of-towners to understand, especially if they are already trying to decipher the southern accent.
Bless your heart: This common southern phrase is used to bless just about everyone. It basically means "Aw, I'm so sorry about that," or "You poor thing".
Reckon': As in, "Ya reckon' we oughta go get some supper tonight?". It means "do you think ..."
FIxin' to: A phrase meaning "I am going to" or "I am about to".
Yonder: A broad measure of distance. "Yonder" can mean 100 feet to a few miles away, as long as it's out of sight.
Pickup: A truck with a bed.
Buggy: Another name for shopping cart.
Mam and Sir: Not considered slang, but it's important to mention that when in the south, everyone who is older than you is a "mam" or a "sir". It's just polite to say this and people expect it.
Wally World: Wal-mart. The south is full of these stores.
Yard younguns: A term for kids that are acting up or getting dirty.
Too big for your britches: Thinking too highly of yourself.
Lick: To hit, spank, or punch.
Sugar: Kisses or affection.
Yankee: Anybody from north of Tennessee.
Snug as a bug in a rug: To be really comfortable, usually wrapped in blankets.
Christy Dyer has lived in Alabama for over 25 years.