Tag Archives: Southerness

How to be A Fake Southern Man: An Open Letter to Mitt Romney

There was a conspicuous spike in hits, especially to our Real Southern Rules category, the day before the Alabama and Mississippi primaries. Coincidence? We think not.

Continue reading

The 10-Step Program of Real Southerness

We asked for help, and you answered the call. Thanks to your input, we now have the world’s first* 10-step program for becoming a Real Southerner. There’s no point in belaboring the … point; so let’s get right to it.

Continue reading

Uncommon Decency and the Southern Man

When you create, you expect critics. And in the wide open world of the internet, with its promise of faceless anonymity, the critics are harsher than ever. We knew that full well before starting this site.

Continue reading

Introducing Real Southern Rules

Let us start by apologizing for how slow things have been on the site lately. Goodness knows y’all need your “Twanglish Lessons” and profiles of Real Southern Men just to get through these tough times. At least, that’s what we keep telling ourselves.

Continue reading

Where Real Southern Men Come From

We’ve written much on here about the goal of defining Southern masculinity and celebrating all the good of the South.

What I have never shared was the original germ of an idea that sparked the whole thing. That’s because, until two days ago, I had honestly forgotten.

Continue reading

Twanglish Lesson: Finna

Twanglish Lessons is your bi-weekly guide to mastering the finer points of the Official Language of the South. Remember, it’s not English; it’s Twanglish.

Today’s Twanglish Lesson is almost like meta-Twanglish: a Twanglish word that is a lazier, slurred, contracted version of another Twanglish term.

Continue reading

Your Turn: How Are You a Real Southerner?

Okay, for several months now we’ve been on here telling you what a Real Southern Man is and how to be one. We think one thing that defines real Southerness is the willingness to give something back. Somebody makes you a batch of biscuits, you cook them up a mess of collards. That’s just how […]

Continue reading

Twanglish Lesson: I Hate Y’all

Twanglish Lessons is your bi-weekly guide to mastering the finer points of the Official Language of the South. Remenber, it’s not English; it’s Twanglish.

Before y’all get your hackles all in a burr, today’s Twanglish Lesson isn’t what it seems. However, this particular bit of Twanglish is exclusively the domain of the ladies.

Continue reading

Twanglish Lesson: Near ‘Bout

Twanglish Lessons is your bi-weekly guide to the Official Language of the South. Remember, it’s not English; it’s Twanglish.

Today’s Twanglish Lesson is about those times when we fall just short of the mark or come up short of our destination.

Continue reading

A Real Southern Man is… #2

How do you define a Real Southern Man? We’d love to hear your comments. But first…

Today’s entry of “A Real Southern Man is…” is about as universal a definition of Southerness as can be found. It steers clear of the controversies of politics, religion, race, class and even team affiliation.

Continue reading