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…Your baby gonna come out naked

I heard this in a casual how-to video. It seemed random and not associated with anything they were doing. Someone said, "My favorite one is... your baby is going to come out naked. If you keep working ...
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Southern Dialect: Word for a time of day?

I remember reading a story somewhere that a Southerner wrote about one of his life experiences. He mentioned that in the region he lived there was a time of day that cooled off a large amount in less ...
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How does “A hit dog will holler” work as a metaphor?

Background: I, an Australian, once had a co-worker in North Carolina who would often use Southern-US idioms that confused me. I spent an evening panicked about how to handle "This dog will hunt" as ...
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Is “in the essence of time” legitimate? Standard? Regional?

I had never heard "in the essence of time" before a recent trip to Virginia. Various local attendees of a meeting I attended used the phrase to justify moving on to a new topic, in a situation where I ...
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When was “fo' sho'” first used in print, television, or music? Or, better yet, when was it standard southern slang?

I can only seem to find Urban Dictionary, et al. references, so I'm turning here for an answer. I know that "fo" ("for") and "sho" ("sure") are common southern dialect replacements, but a debate ...
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“It is” used as “there is”: what is the origin?

Ok, this is a somewhat nonstandard English question. In the Southern US, or at least in Central Virginia, there is an idiomatic use of the phrase it is that is equivalent to the expression there is, ...
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Does John Fogerty Talk Southern?

What is it that makes people think, erroneously, that Creedence Clearwater Revival are from the South? Is it something in the way the singer John Fogerty pronounces? In fact he's from California and ...
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Southern term/expression used to describe withholding food or not warming food to encourage a guest to leave? [closed]

Do you know of an old southern term/expression used to describe withholding food or not warming food to encourage a guest to leave?
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“Have [something] to allow,” where to allow means to say

My mother routinely uses the phrase have to allow as a synonym for "have to say," generally in a context like, What did she have to allow? to request that her interlocutor summarize a conversation....