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This Open Thread Is Doing The Southern Strut

Fridays are hard, kittens. Let Toddlers and Tiaras ease your pain away.

Now, do you know about the Southern strut? It’s only what all us little Southern girls are taught from day one (unless you were raised by my mom, in which case, you got taught the possum squareback). Technically, it’s all about grace and flamboyance, the art of the dance, but hey, if you are like my good friend here, you’ll know the real reason for the Southern strut.

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Happy weekend, babykins.

9 replies on “This Open Thread Is Doing The Southern Strut”

I won’t lie, I was really hoping this was going to be about college football starting this weekend. ‘Cause when I think “Southern Strut,” I see a tailgate parade of awesome, culminating in a football team with marching band heading on to the field for a glorious day in the SEC.

Of course Toddlers in Tiaras prancing around is also superb :)

Oh, Open Thread. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely, there isn’t a doubt. Oh, how I have yearned for the warm embrace of Southern charm and sequins.

Oh gosh. This has been such a difficult week. For lots of reasons. Some rather ordinary reasons and some which I won’t burden the OT with.

Also: I love the idea of being able to say “y’all”. It seems like such a tremendously useful phrase. Alas, I would sound like such a tremendous twit if I were to use it.

“Alas, I would sound like such a tremendous twit if I were to use [the word “y’all”].”

Fuck that noise. I use it often (used it this evening, “I’m gonna get something to drink, if y’all don’t mind,”) and I’ve never even lived in the South. I can’t blame my mother’s Southern upbringing, since she drilled Standard English into my and my sister’s heads. Perhaps I picked it up from the month-long vacations to New Orleans & coastal Mississippi I would take when I was in high school and college. But y’know what? My friends from Huntsville and Chapel Hill have never said, “wait, but you’re not Southern!”

For the record, I’ve also used the phrases “all y’all”, “where y’at?”, “who dat?”, and “jeet yet?”.

“Do you want to..” can also turn into “Yant to?” (more or less). And there’s the immortal “fixin’ ta,” as “I’m fixin’ ta go to the store.” “Can I come?” “Sure. Yant to?”

However, four-letter words are usually made two syllables for emphasis. So, sheee-it, dayum, fuu-uck. We are a strange people.

There is also ‘ye’ or the Dublin version, ‘yiz’ or ‘youz’. Quality stuff. I can’t pull it off with my accent but I use ‘ye’ quite often. Why the forces of language change thought English didn’t require an official second person plural pronoun anymore, I can’t think. Bring back ‘thee’ and ‘you’, I say…

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