The Northern Southerner: Guess the Northern Sayings

July 30, 2015 | By | Comments (3)

Raised in Washington state, Hannah Norling has never lived in the South before. Now habituating to Alabama, she is experiencing the South for the first time as a resident and documenting the whole thing. Welcome to the Northern Southerner. 

Just last week, I received a pretty big response to my analysis of “bless your heart.” After carefully reading the comments, I can now safely say I understand that “bless your heart” is all about the context. Navigating the world of Southern sayings had me thinking, what if there’s Northern slang out there that Southerners don’t know? I wanted to find out. With a microphone in hand, I took to the Southern Living office to see if Southerners know what we’re saying up North.

Want more of the Northern Southerner? Find it here.


  1. emr153

    People in the South don’t understand that the plural for “you” is…”YOU”, not just “all y’all.”

    March 29, 2016 at 11:17 am
  2. Kim

    Well I’ll be …. everytime I spoke with a person from up north I awlays thought y’all were slurring when ya spoke. I would have never guessed y’all were making up your own words.

    September 22, 2015 at 4:47 am
  3. Jennifer Redmond

    Well Bless yous hearts, LOL

    July 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

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