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Thread #56733   Message #2533687
06-Jan-09 - 10:45 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: favorite southern US expression
Subject: RE: Folklore: favorite southern US expression
Here are two my grandmother (Northern Neck of Virginia) would say:

"Smells like something crawled up inside you and died" (if someone let loose with a real stinker)

"Fidgeting like you got an ant up your rear with a bed bug chasing it." (said of a hyperactive child, especially in church!)

She also used an expression which sounded like "Jummin," as in "Jummin knows, I've tried to talk to him but he won't listen." As best I can tell it's short for "The gentleman knows" or maybe "God knows" but I've never heard it outside of the Tidewater area.