Once on the Andy Griffith Show, Ernest T. Bass tried to join the army. Several times, Barney says comically, “He’s a nut!”

As we are prone to say in the South, “Them’s strong words.”

And, for Southerners who are courteous even when it comes to cussing and judging, they are. To outsiders, the words we use to cast aspersions on others are innocent. But we know what they mean and that’s all that counts. A Southerner can give you the worse cussing of your life and do it by using Cartoon Channel. No need for HBO language from us. We can cut to the quick with gentle sounding words but when we’re really mad, we’ll string a bunch together.

Let’s look at a few examples:

“No Account” — This is a person so despicable in ethics and manners that he’s not even counted as a human being.

“A Waste of Good Air” — Even air that is free — at least at this time but who knows when they’ll figure out how to charge for that like they have with water — is a bad investment on such a low life.



For full story, please see the April 5, 2006 edition of The Union-Recorder.

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