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Monday, October 10, 2011

Monday Musings on All Things Southern

'lest y'all get confused ... last time we talked about the difference in a hissy fit and a conniption fit.

Now, let's talk about the difference in "cuttin' up" and "actin' up."

"Jennifer's colon has been actin' up for so long, she can hardly leave the house."

Yes, I know that's pretty gross, but Southerners are known for talking about all the fine details in life. Leaving no stone unturned.

"That Tommy has been actin' up ever since his daddy went off to work in Savannah. His mama can't do a thing with 'im."

But "cuttin' up" is something usually done by teenagers and adults.

"Don't get upset, Dora Lee, Jimmy was just cuttin' up with ya when he snapped your bra strap." (Yeah, I bet Dora Lee had a hissy fit, that's what I bet.)

One can also be a cut up.

"When Jimmy was in high school, he was always a cut-up. Now that he's married to Dora Lee, not a thing has changed."

See the difference?

Can you write some actin' up/cuttin' up sentences of your own?

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