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23 words and phrases you'll only hear in the South

INSIDER Logo By Shelby Slauer of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 24:  The South is a special place with its own quirks and traditions, but it's especially well-known for having a way with words.  For instance, down south, "madder than a wet hen" means being angry, over there is a poetic "over yonder," and "bless your heart" can be both an insult and a way to show empathy. Keep scrolling to see 23 Southern words and expressions you probably won't hear anywhere else.

23 words and phrases you'll only hear in the South

The South is a special place with its own quirks and traditions, but it's especially well-known for having a way with words.

For instance, down south, "madder than a wet hen" means being angry, over there is a poetic "over yonder," and "bless your heart" can be both an insult and a way to show empathy.

Keep clicking to see 23 Southern words and expressions you probably won't hear anywhere else.

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