'I seen it!' ...and other Southern sayings that you love (or hate)
Debra from Soddy Daisy offered up her 3 Cents on something many of us are guilty of. She said, “Why is it that those of us in the south butcher the English language? We’re so lazy with the things we say. My pet peeve is, “I seen” instead of saying “I have seen” or “I’ve seen”. People constantly say “I seen” which is totally incorrect, and it drives me crazy, and I think it’s just plain laziness.”
And that’s just one of the many things we say in the south that have over the years just become common vernacular. You pointed out some others on Facebook.
Carolyn said, “My mom was from the south and would say “out there in the back yard out there”, and “winder” for window. “Warsh rags” for washcloths, and of course doing the “warching” meaning laundry, or “warching dishes” instead of washing dishes.
Amanda threw out a few. She said; “Rod iron, chester drawers, and rock waller”
Wanda said, “Britches instead of pants.”
Ashley said, “Sundee, Mondee, Tuesdee, Wednesdee, Thursdee, Fridee, Saturdee.”
Gina brought up one that drives me crazy. She said, “I went to the Wal Marts”
It’s amazing. It’s called Wal-mart, but we always add "the" to it, while we say we go to Home Depot, but it’s actually THE Home Depot.
Melinda said, “I say yuns all the time instead of ya’ll.” Maybe our caller Debra has a point when ya’ll is considered the correct way to say that.
And then I got called on the carpet by Rebecca, who said, “I always thought it was “2 Cents." Tacky, Rebecca. Funny. But, tacky.
But it’s not just a southern thing. Every region has its own cultural things. In the Midwest, for example, a vacuum cleaner is a “sweeper”, “You betcha” means yes, a traffic light is a “stop and go” light,
And don’t get me started on “Pop” and “Uff Da.”
So my 3 cents? I know a lot of really smart people that use what we would consider poor English. I’m not sure it’s an issue of laziness as much as culture. Expressions and word usage has evolved over the years regionally around the United States. For crying out loud in the 1700s we were using f’s for s’s! It’s actually called a long s.
So rather than letting it bother you, try enjoying the linguistic-cultural uniqueness and maybe even take some of the expressions that drive you crazy and do a little research to find out from where they come.
That’s my 3 Cents. If you have something on your mind, I want to hear about it! Give me a call at 423-643-9722 and give me your 3 Cents.