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Express Yourself!

Posted March 5, 2008

Well, are you ready to vote?

I reckon I’m as happy as a pig in a puddle. Ho Wee! Yes Sir! I’m grinning like a mule eatin’ briars after looking at all those great Southern expressions you offered up on our Carolina Conversations blog.

I can barely control my glee at this very moment. We’re fixin’ to give out a fine prize for the Southern saying that gets the most love.

Former WRAL personality Susan Dahlin Bashford and Karen Hall are looking for another expression to embellish their SweeTea apparel line. Susan and Karen will put the winning expression on their colorful tee shirts. Plus, the winner gets a shirt, a special photograph and bragging rights. Susan and Karen have agonized over their favorites so far. Please vote for one of the following:

1. Whatever melts your butter
2. I don't have a dog in that fight
3. Lightning has finally hit the outhouse
4. I ain't just whistling dixie
5. You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig
6. It's hot enough to make the devil sweat
7. Goodness gracious
8. Cute as a speckled pup
9. We're in the short rows now
10.What in tarnation!
11. He fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down

Well, don’t just sit there like a bump on a log! Vote!


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  • teacher_96 Mar 12, 2008

    Man, I hate I just thought of this, but no one mentioned "I'm ill as a hornet" as a possible slogan. I say that more than I realize and my northern friends always want to know why I'm sick and what a hornet has to do with it. That'd be a cute one to have on one of the shirts.

  • Jackieann Mar 6, 2008

    We always said cute as a speckled puppy
    that's my favorite.

  • At Work Mar 6, 2008

    number 1

  • susanbashford Mar 6, 2008

    Thanks so much for the great suggestions! Many of you picked sayings that are already on our shirts. I'm nervous as a long haired cat in a room full of rockers is coming next week! To see our current list - go to

  • Southernbornbarb Mar 6, 2008

    #7 gets my vote. Sure sounds southern.

  • CestLaVie Mar 6, 2008

    #8 - cute as a speckled pup!

  • mcmags Mar 5, 2008

    #7 is my vote, but none of the 10 you chose is my favorites from yesterday's list :)

  • efryar Mar 5, 2008


  • Dido Mar 5, 2008

    5. You can put lipstick on a pig but it is still a pig

  • duneoaks Mar 5, 2008

    10.What in tarnation!




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