All geographic regions of the country have sayings and use expressions that aren’t familiar to everyone in other places. When you’re in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge your visit will be even more fun when you know some of the local expressions that are common in the South.

“This is a great place to visit, with lots of things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Wears Valley. Learning the expressions are fun and can really make you feel like you’re part of it all–not to mention you won’t be sounding like a tourist,” said a spokesperson for Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. “And while you’re at it, one “NOT TO MISS” is the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, which is a wonderful way to travel through the Great Smoky Mountains.”

Here is a collection of some of the most well-known Southernisms that have been a staple in the South in a month of Sundays.

Aren’t You Precious?

This isn’t meant to be complementary. This is old Southern sarcasm at its finest and is a response to someone who’s being offensive.

Bless Your Heart

This phrase has been one of the most common among Southern women for generations, but it doesn’t have any connection with religion. “Bless your heart” is a passive way to let someone know that the other person thinks you aren’t terribly intelligent.

He Thinks the Sun Comes Up Just To Hear Him Crow.

This one we can attribute to Southern farmers to describe their rooster who thinks that the sun comes up because he crows, or a very cocky man who thinks he’s so important that everyone has to listen to him.

We’re Living In High Cotton

Cotton has always been an important crop in the South. Cotton bushes that are tall yield more cotton, giving the framer a better price and making him feel wealthy and very successful.

Nuttier Than A Fruitcake

This term was first coined in 1821 in the South: probably in Georgia which is famous for its fruitcakes. The expression usually refers to someone who is overly dramatic or perceived to be crazy. Nutty as a fruitcake can also refer to ideologies of a political party.

All Soda is Coke in the South

To save confusion, if you go into a restaurant and order Coke as your beverage, you’ll probably be asked what kind you want.

That’s because southerners refer to all soft drinks as Coke.

Coca-Cola was founded in Atlanta and provided a lot of jobs for people during the Depression who otherwise wouldn’t have had them.

As a result, Southerners became very loyal to the company and began referring to all soft drinks as Coke, so they might not realize that when you order a Coke, it’s really  Coke that you want.

A Few Other Southernisms To Learn Before You Travel:

  • Barking up the wrong tree means you’re misguided or mistaken.

  • “Fixing to” means you’re preparing to do something.

  • “Do what?” is the Southern way of saying excuse me or I beg your pardon.

  • Dressing, not stuffing is what you serve with your Thanksgiving turkey in the South

  • A hissy is a shortened version of a hissy fit or a big boy or girl tantrum.

  • Give me a holler means to inform someone of something.

Gatlinburg is located at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is one of Tennessee’s most visited tourist destinations. The small town features a selection of attractions including Ripley’s Haunted Adventure and Aquarium of the Smokies. The Titanic Museum is in nearby Pigeon Forge with attractions including Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country, named for legendary country singer Dolly Parton.

Remember, you absolutely must take a trip on The Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster. The roller coaster allows you to experience the spectacular mountain scenery while controlling the speed of the ride.