Every corner of our country has its own regional flare and cultural sayings. None are more distinct than those heard in the South. We get a ton of folks visiting here in May from other parts of the U.S., so I thought I’d give our visitors a little “word map” to help them feel more like a local.

Here are a few “alternate terms:”

Southerners don’t say “you guys;” we say “y’all.” And for five or more people, it’s “all y’all.”

Southerners don’t say “Oh, wow;” we say “Good Lord!”

Southerners don’t “get treated unfairly;” we “get the short end of the stick.”

While we are known for colloquialisms like “Bless your heart,” there are some things you will never hear a Southerner say:

“I’ll take Shakespeare for $1,000, Alex.”

“Duct tape won’t fix that.”

“Come to think of it, I’ll have a Heineken.”

“Wrestling is fake.”

“I don’t have a favorite college football team.”

“Geez, you guys!”

“I’ll have unsweetened tea, please.”

And the number one thing you will never hear a Southerner say: “When I retire, I’m movin’ North!”

Summer season is here so whether you’re a visitor or a local, get out and enjoy our wonderful island before it “gits hotter than Georgia asphalt in July!”

You Don't Say originally posted on by Elegant Island Living magazine.

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