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Tim Heaton

timheatonTim Heaton is a HottyToddy.com contributor and can be reached at tim.h.heaton@gmail.com. His new book, “Bless Your Heart, You Freakin’ Idiot: Southern Sayings Translated” is available on Amazon as well as “Momma n’ Em Said: The Treasury of Southern Sayings.”


 

114 Southern Similes, Metaphors and Other Allusions for Dramatic Effect

114 Southern Similes, Metaphors and Other Allusions for Dramatic Effect

The magic of Southern speech is in the similes and metaphors and other allusions. These techniques are the yellow highlighter of conversation. Could one communicate without the color commentary? Sure, one could live on bread and water too, but in the South there is no need. Like a picture paints a thousand words, so do […]…

May 31, 2016 with 0 Comments
66 Southern Expressions for Gossiping

66 Southern Expressions for Gossiping

My neighborhood’s real ­estate agent and self­-appointed moralist was known as for her unsolicited opinions of other’s private lives. When asked why this was her business, she would inevitably refer to my neighborhood as her “farm.” The community was offended by this busybody, but feared being the focus of her…

May 13, 2016 with 1 Comment
19 Southern Expressions for the Impoverished

19 Southern Expressions for the Impoverished

My memories of growing up in the South are happy ones. Those were simpler times when kids had to be called to come back into the house at supper. I had some wealthy classmates in college, but it was not until I experienced Manhattan’s wealth disparity did I feel poor. The South may seem poor […]…

May 6, 2016 with 0 Comments
17 Southern Expressions for Saying Goodbye

17 Southern Expressions for Saying Goodbye

As a get-­together winds down, some guests unwittingly overstay their welcome. I believe in erring on the side of “under-­staying” – i.e. always leave them wanting more. How can you be sure when it’s time to leave? A good host will provide clear clues: They take the wine bottle from your hand and recap it.…

April 29, 2016 with 0 Comments
10 More Things You’ll Miss About the Deep South

10 More Things You’ll Miss About the Deep South

There is an imaginary line, but very real border, that runs from the Virginia Tidewater to West Texas. Above this line there are “you guys”, below it there are “y’all” and then everything changes. Here is another list of ten things you will miss about the South. 1. BBQ In the South, BBQ means one […]…

April 14, 2016 with 4 Comments
50 Southern Proverbs to Teach Wisdom, Experience

50 Southern Proverbs to Teach Wisdom, Experience

Both the Southern dialect and idioms are largely based on late Elizabethan English and the languages of West Africa. Proverbs are the capsules of condensed wisdom, values and beliefs of the culture. In the South, these proverbs are a legacy passed down from generation to the next. Like dialect, proverbs have great influence on the…

March 25, 2016 with 0 Comments
48 Southern Exclamations For Happy, Startled and Angry Reactions

48 Southern Exclamations For Happy, Startled and Angry Reactions

Many mothers and grandmothers will not use swear words, or even say the word “swear” ­ hence the term “swannie.” You’ll find the number of exclamations to be quite extraordinary. Some phrases are particular to states, counties, towns and even unique to families. Here are the exclamations you are most likely to hear.…

March 18, 2016 with 0 Comments
14 Southern Sayings for the Elderly Folks

14 Southern Sayings for the Elderly Folks

A friend of mine moved into a small Mississippi town from Chicago. He noticed that an elderly man down the street mowed his yard with a push mover. He would do a few rows, then mopping his brow, go onto the front porch to rest. When rested, he would go to push the mower a […]…

March 11, 2016 with 1 Comment
24 Southern Expressions for the Crazy

24 Southern Expressions for the Crazy

“This is the South and we’re proud of our crazy people. We don’t hide them up in the attic, we bring them right down to the living room to show them off. No one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family, they just ask what side they’re on.” – […]…

March 4, 2016 with 0 Comments
18 Southern Expressions for Courtship

18 Southern Expressions for Courtship

Northern women get a free pass with regard to dating Southern men. However, Northern men will need a little extra guidance for Southern Belles. There are a lot of do’s, but only two don’t’s that you will not recover from: 1.) Save your Jeff Foxworthy jokes for the Jersey shore. Southern isn’t Redneck. And 2)…

February 29, 2016 with 0 Comments
Five Southern Expressions for Giving Directions

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…

February 19, 2016 with 0 Comments
18 Ways to Say ‘Confused’ with Southern Flair

18 Ways to Say ‘Confused’ with Southern Flair

A confused mind is an open mind. Quotes from Albert Einstein abound on this topic, but George Saunders is also worth knowing. “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world […]…

February 11, 2016 with 0 Comments
Heaton: 17 Unique Southern Terms for Complainers

Heaton: 17 Unique Southern Terms for Complainers

Some folks love to complain. Kids love to complain! Around my house these complaints center on: homework (too much), pizza (too little), bed time (too early). If you feel as if you’re overwhelmed, these Southernisms will help you through anything. Well, anything short of a trip to Disney – for that medication and professional…

February 5, 2016 with 0 Comments
Heaton: Nine Southern Sayings for Both Sides of Luck

Heaton: Nine Southern Sayings for Both Sides of Luck

In 2001, I joined Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower, 105th floor of the World Trade Center. For my entire career I was at my desk by 7 a.m., but however just prior to September 11, the chairman of Cantor Fitzgerald informed me that he wanted me to work his hours. This would mean starting […]…

January 28, 2016 with 1 Comment
Heaton: 26 Southern Sayings for the Chatty

Heaton: 26 Southern Sayings for the Chatty

Communication Addiction Disorder or “Talk­aholism”, affects 300 million people. In a strange twist, 300 million the number of the most active Twitter accounts, and the population of Americans living outside Dixie. Here then are the Southern expressions used to describe those afflicted with Communication Addiction Disorder: 1. Ask…

January 12, 2016 with 0 Comments
Heaton: 10 Sayings to Flatter a Southern Girl

Heaton: 10 Sayings to Flatter a Southern Girl

My sons, who were raised in New Jersey, are at the age where they’re asking for tips on meeting Southern girls – a variety of female well worth looking into. My advice is usually, “Why don’t you start with something easier, like getting accepted to Harvard.” Still, I can’t help but admire their ambition — […]…

January 7, 2016 with 0 Comments
Heaton: 13 Southern Sayings for a Can-Do Attitude!

Heaton: 13 Southern Sayings for a Can-Do Attitude!

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who […]…

December 29, 2015 with 0 Comments
Heaton: 19 Southern Expressions for This Busy Life

Heaton: 19 Southern Expressions for This Busy Life

Mr. Blair’s barn was a kid’s dream. It was a rotating museum of things not quite old enough to be valuable, and not quite new enough to be useful. One visit the barn would be filled with old railroad lanterns. Next time, those would be gone and replaced by weather vanes. Those would be replaced […]…

December 22, 2015 with 1 Comment
Heaton: 12 Southern Expressions for Feeling Blue

Heaton: 12 Southern Expressions for Feeling Blue

The source of the word “blue” for sadness is unknown, but it is a figure of speech common in cultures around the world. Southern Sayings for feeling blue are mostly related to farming, and the figures on farming as a family occupation are sobering indeed. While food prices have gone up substantially in supermarkets, the […]…

December 15, 2015 with 0 Comments
Heaton: Chicken Parmesan That Would Make John Grisanti Proud

Heaton: Chicken Parmesan That Would Make John Grisanti Proud

I learned to cook from John Grisanti. John opened the Original Grisanti’s Restaurant on Airways Boulevard in 1962. It was a Memphis landmark for locals and celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Stan Musial and Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. Mr. Grisanti was loved for his warmly flamboyant way of greeting guests. He was also an…

December 14, 2015 with 1 Comment
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