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13 words that mean something completely different in the south

(AL.com Photo)COKE: What it means everywhere else: An abbreviation of Coca-Cola.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: Any carbonated beverage, including Coca-Cola.

(AL.com Photo)TOBOGGAN: What it means everywhere else: a snow sled.

AL.com PhotoWhat it means in the south: a skull cap, often worn while riding a snow sled.

Stock photoUGLY: What it means everywhere else: An unattractive person.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: To behave in a manner that is unbecoming.

Stock PhotoBUGGY: What it means everywhere else: An antiquated mode of transportation pulled by horses.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: 1. A cart at the grocery store or Wal-Mart or 2. What your windshield gets as you drive south toward the beach.

Stock photoBARBECUE: What it means everywhere else: Grilling in the backyard.

AL.com PhotoWhat it means in the south: 1. A type of slow-cooked meat typically served with baked beans on the side or 2. A favorite sauce that leads to more family arguments than politics.

Stock photoCARRY: What it means everywhere else: To take objects in your arms and move them elsewhere.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: To transport to another place via motorized vehicle. Example: “We had to carry Mama to the hospital last night.”

AL.com photoCUT: What it means everywhere else: make an opening, incision or wound with a sharp-edged tool or object; to remove something using a sharp object.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: To turn off something. Example: “Cut off the lights.”

AL.com photoMASH: What it means everywhere else: to crush, grind or squish. Example: to make mashed potatoes.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: To press a button. Example: “Ernest mashed the elevator button.”

AL.com PhotoFIXING: What it means everywhere else: to make a repair.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: About to do something. Example: “I’m fixin’ to go to the store.”

Stock photoCOLOR: What it means everywhere else: 1. Hues or 2. To use crayons or markers to add hues to a line drawing.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: 1. A tan or 2. Put on makeup. Example: “I hope I get some color at the beach” or “Ermalene could use some color on her lips.”

Stock photoSPELL: What it means everywhere else: 1. To put letters together to form a word.

AL.com photoWhat it means in the south: To feel faint or light headed. Example: “Aunt Verna had one of her spells when Uncle Sid came home drunk.” 2. Measure of time. Example: “Come up on the porch and sit a spell.”

Stock photoPICK UP: What it means everywhere else: 1. To move from a low place to a high place or 2. Collect a pizza that was ordered.

AL.com photoWhat it means in the south: Most common mode of transportation and often beloved member of the family.

Stock photoDIRECTLY: What it means everywhere else: To go straight to.

Stock photoWhat it means in the south: Pretty soon. Example: “I’ll be there directly.”

 

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