Twanglish Lesson: Sugar


We Southerners have a collective sweet tooth. We like sweet tea, sweet desserts and sweet women. But there’s another kind of sugar – the bad kind. You may not know the proper usage of this other sugar, but chances are you’ve heard it.

Sugarnoun 1. a sweetener, typically derived from sugar cane, that is dispensed in granules 2. a requisite ingredient of iced tea, to only be added as part of the brewing process, when the tea is still hot 3. kisses given by a member of the opposite sex or an unattractive older relative 4. a medical condition; a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism characterized by increased urination and a suppressed ability to produce or utilize insulin, resulting in increased glucose levels in the blood and urine:

I can’t have but two bowls of that nanner puddin’ on account o’ I got the sugar.

Variants: Sugah

7 Responses to “Twanglish Lesson: Sugar”

  1. You forgot one, a term of endearment, usually from adult to child.

    “Come here, sugar, and give your Granny some sugar.”

    And I don’t quite agree with #3. I think of sugar as any kisses given from parent to child, attractiveness of adult is not important.

  2. Never heard anyone call Diabetes “The Sugar”. But I live in Texas where we take Diabetes seriously.

    Well, I’m off to Whataburger for a Double Bacon Cheeseburger and large Strawberry shake!

  3. My father-in-law, who is a real small town Southerner who came of age in the 1950’s still calls just about all women “shoog” as an abbreviation for sugar. A real feminist would cringe around him, for more reason than just that, but he means it as a compliment.

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