Well, I declare!
In Gone With the Wind, Scarlett O’Hara says: “I do declare, Frank Kennedy, if you don’t look dashing with that new set of whiskers!”
But we declare if your only knowledge of Southern sayings comes from Gone With the Wind, you’re missing out on a lot of Southern expressions.
The distinct English dialect of the American South, which has a close relationship with Black English (African American Vernacular English), is fascinating—and plenty lively. Though you're likely to hear Southernisms such as hold your horses and pretty as a peach nationwide, you’ll likely only hear the following from a true Southerner.