If you ever meet me in person, it takes approximately .03 seconds to to realize, I'm from Texas.
Yes, I have an accent. I say "y'all" for singular and multiple pronouns. I've also been known to throw out a "Howdy" or two. One of the reasons why you'll probably never see a VLOG from me. The camera makes it worse.
But, let me tell you what annoys the fire out of me.
Southern characters created by someone who has obviously never been here. An actor with a fake Texan accent is enough to make me turn off a movie. There is a difference between "southern" and "hick", if you don't know it then you shouldn't attempt it. But, it grates on me just as much in books.
I have never, in my life, said, "Boy howdy! Am I glad to see you!" nor have I called anyone "Partner". But, yesterday, when my mom referred to someone as being "all hat and no cattle," I got thinking about some of our phrases and how they might work their way into my writing.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Fire~ This is usually used to replace a word that I shouldn't say in front of my kids. Of course, I realized it might be less than effective when one of my girls told her sister, "If you don't stop that, I'm gonna knock the fire out of you."
Fixin'~ Yes, this is a reference to time. It is used as in, "I'm fixin' to go to the store."
*Some phrases for you:
"This ain't my first rodeo."
"Like a chicken with his head cut off."
"All hat and no cattle."
"Bless his/her heart."
"That dog ain't gonna hunt."
*Definitions for those listed above available upon request.
So, how 'bout it y'all?
What's your favorite colloquialism?
What stereotype about your area do you hate to see in movies or books?