Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Five Southern Expressions for Giving Directions


Southerners tend to navigate by landmarks.

You might hear this exchange if you ask for directions:

“It’s back there at the edge of nothing. Did you see the Sunoco Station back yonder? Turn there.”

“You’ll pass the old Sammon’s place a piece down the road. Take a right at the first blinking light.”

“You’ll think you’re lost, or leaving the country, just keep going. They’ll be a fork in the road, take the right. A piece down that road you’ll see a barn, then a church. After the graveyard take the next right. The house is the third on the left. It’s so far out they have to pump in sunshine.”

Here are the phrases to know for getting lost:

A piece down the road.

Meaning: About a mile or two.

I had to grease the wagon twice before hit the main road.

Meaning: About 4 hours.

Just a hop skip and a jump.

Meaning: About 30 minutes.

Just Over Yonder.

Meaning: There, where I would point if Momma would let me.

Over yonder in the edge of nothing.

Meaning: You should have left last month.


Tim Heaton is an Ole Miss Alumnus from Southaven, Mississippi who supports The Flagship in a variety of public relations efforts. He is a contributing writer to HottyToddy.com and actively volunteers his technical, database and social media expertise to several community service organizations in his current home in Morristown, New Jersey and in his home state of Mississippi. He has been awarded over a dozen US Patents in technology and is also a published author, chef and physical fitness enthusiast.

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