So I wasn't expecting too much of a culture shock. Obviously I knew things would be different. I just didn't realize how much there was that I didn't know about the South! Here are a few "Southernisms" that took me by surprise.
Using "done" and "seen" incorrectly, even by well-educated people!
Example: "I done it already," or, "I seen that show last week!"
"Whatchu got ta say?" actually means, "How are you doing?"
This one freaked me out the most. Some random man who maintains our coffee machines at work looked at me and said, "Whatchu got ta say?" I had no idea how to respond! I just looked at him and said, "I have no idea what that means." Then HE thought I was crazy.
"I bled more'n a stuck hawg."I think you can figure out what that one means.
"Like putting lipstick on a pig."
Meaning trying to make something that is inherently ugly, beautiful.
"Make" for any random thing.
"Get your picture made," or, "The class didn't make - not enough people signed up."