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I have heard that a lot of southern phrases are incomprehensible to foreigners like yankees and left coasters.

In this thread I will try to fix that.

 

Cuter than a basket full of puppies.

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If you were to say: that boy Rusty is cuter than a basket full of puppies, then Rusty would be pretty cute.

Get it?

 

 

 

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I can't understand why that should be incomprehensible. I understood it just fine.

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4 hours ago, jamessavik said:

I have heard that a lot of southern phrases are incomprehensible to foreigners like yankees and left coasters.

In this thread I will try to fix that.

 

Cuter than a basket full of puppies.

cute-as-a-basket-of-puppies.png

 

If you were to say: that boy Rusty is cuter than a basket full of puppies, then Rusty would be pretty cute.

Get it?

 

 

 

Mmmm yeah.  Maybe i'd have trouble if i didn't speak English.  Makes perfect sense.

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That dog won't hunt.

 

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This means (1)an idea or (2)a person that is mostly useless.

Examples:

1) Have you tried going back to a typewriter? I hear that's good for a lot of authors with writers block.

Hell Phil, that dog won't hunt. I don't even know how to use a typewriter.

 

2) Your cousin still need a job? There some construction work opening up.

That dog won't hunt. Phil is just too lazy to work that hard.

 

 

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Cousin Phil

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Cousin Phil is a Southern-ism indicating that rather useless, lazy, alcoholic dull cousin that most families only acknowledge reluctantly. 

He is the inspiration for this classic bad opening for a novel:

The plan was simple, like my cousin Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

 

 

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