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Southern Expressions Certainly all regions of America have their own particular expressions that are identifiable with a certain area and its people These expressions are handed down from generation to generation To individuals who are not familiar with the language of the area it might appear that the natives are speaking a foreign language The South is full of its own peculiar expressions With the slow-talking easy-going twang most native southerners have acquired people visiting or relocating to this region are often confused as to what locals are actually saying Being a natural born southerner Ive never really thought what it must be like to visit our region At first visit it would appear that everyone is always fixin to do something A visitor to the area would think that southerners have a lot of broken items They are fixin to do this and fixin to do that Truth is in fact usually they are not fixing anything at all Im fixin to is simply a Southern expression stating that someone is preparing to do something in particular A friend of mine moved to Georgia from Michigan several years ago When he first moved to the South he thought it was really weird that people were always fixin to do something Hes up a creek without a paddle That phrase would definitely make an outsider of the south say huh This expression is usually used when someone is in a lot of trouble or in a bind What does it really mean to be up a creek without a paddle A creek flows in the direction the current takes it If an individual were to find them self up creek in a non-motorized boat without a paddle they could find themselves in a helpless situation Without a paddle to maneuver your watercraft upstream you would be forced to go aimlessly with the current down stream I remember one of
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