Where I proposed to DeeAnn over 5 years ago on a rainy evening.
After a short layover, Easton and I sat down in our Southwest Airlines seat leaving Phoenix for Birmingham, and already, I was smiling with a bit of laughter at the accented conversations across the plane full of “Bama” fans obviously excited to be returning to the proud state of the current NCAA Football National Champs. Sitting down in the third seat in our section, the heavily wrinkled little old lady spoke; “Where y’all head’n to?” as the flight began. From then on for the next 24 hours, I began my return to the language of friendship, family, and warm welcome.
View of Birmingham from the top of Red Mountain
Before I educate you on these terms, let me preface: These are terms from a small section of the southeast, encompassing a 100 mile radius that covers cities of Birmingham, Alabama on the west, and then east across Talladega and Anniston, stretching south to Auburn and North to Remlap. Additionally, These come from the Gunnells, Holly, Casey, and Pepper family and may or may not be used in other areas or families.
1)”Great day in the morning” – A term used to describe excitement, surprise, irony, or just a great way to start a sentence. Ex: “Great day in the morning”… That truck just about hit that deer!
2) “Tump” – To turn something over on its side or top. Ex: (pointing to a five gallon bucket of water) “Tump” that over so the mosquitoes don’t get in it.
3) “Consarnate” – Frustration Ex: Consarnate Mildred!
4) “Flick” – A more pleasant “F” word used to describe Exasperation. Ex: (after realizing the milk was left out of the refrigerator) Flick!
5) “Pine Float” – A glass of water and toothpick. Ex: You want to come on in for a Pine Float?
6) “Bless his/her little heart” – A term to describe a concern or love for someone. Ex: (after hearing a story of someone’s unfortunate situation or condition) “Bless his/her little heart”
7) “Hissy fit” – an act of usually a child, but can occur with an adult when not getting ones way. Ex: (at Trussville Auto and Truck) Derrell; Mrs. Jones is on line one throwing a “Hissy fit” because her truck aint ready!
I’m not sure who was more scared… This guy was huge!
8) “Devilish” – A term describing something disliked or unwelcome. Ex: Those “Devilish” roosters are getting on the back porch!
9) “Well…” – Used to end a discussion when no clear answer has been determined, but more time in thought is needed. Ex: (after nodding and listening attentively for several minutes during a conversation about a family matter, the Patriarch of the family pauses and then with a voice of wisdom) “Well…”
Typical Alabama forest and lush green grass surrounding a family friends Farm.
These are just a few I was able to take note of while on our three-week vacation back to Alabama. I’d love to hear what you think about these terms, or what other terms you and your family use. Comment below!