What is a Jon Jon ? Talk Southern to Me

If you’ve ever heard Southern women talking about children’s clothing and you’re not from Here, you may have heard foreign-sounding terms, like Bishop (a style of little girl’s dress that flows like a clergy cassock), smocking (a type of decorative stitching/embroidery that fancies up children’s clothing) bubble suit (not like the Michelin Tire Man), or Jon Jon. Jon Jons (or John Johns, depending on who’s spelling it) are outfits for little boys that are kind of like overalls but are made of one cotton print fabric. They are usually shorts, but can also be made with long legs for cold weather. Sometimes there is smocking on the chest/bib area, and other times you will see an applique or no embellishment of any kind. They can be fancy for special occasions/holidays/church or very simple, to be worn while the little boy is outside playing. Southern Moms like them because they’re comfortable for the little boy, versatile, and look more “polished” than a t-shirt and shorts for a playdate. You’ll see them worn with and without shirts under the outfit. Now that you know WHAT they are, you’re probably wondering where on Earth the name “Jon Jon” came from. Remember little John…

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What is a Pulley Bone? Talk Southern to Me Episode 4

It’s time for this week’s episode of Talk Southern to Me, and today we are looking at the meaning of “Pulley Bone”. What is a Pulley Bone? So keep in mind that if you want to break the wishbone or want to eat what some believe to be the best part of a fried chicken, call dibs on the pulley bone when you’re in a Southern eating establishment or at a get-together down here! For more lessons on Southern speech, come back next week for a new episode of Talk Southern to Me, and check out past lessons!

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What is Pot Likker ? Talk Southern to Me Episode 3

Welcome back for this week’s episode of Talk Southern to ME, where we take a new word, phrase, or Southernism and do our best to define it in non-Southern terms. Episode 3: What is Pot Likker? We love food, and because Southerners cook some seriously delicious meals, we don’t want even a drop of the amazingness to go to waste. That includes every last drop of the liquid that remains in the pot on the stove after we remove the food that’s been cooking in it. That liquid, many would call it a broth, has been flavored by the vegetables it contained while they were cooked, as well as the spices and butter that we probably used to flavor it. If there’s enough of it left, we might save it in a container in the refrigerator to be used for flavoring other things we will be cooking, and the amount on our plates that remains after the food on it has been eaten is just perfect when soaked up (or ‘sopped’ as I say) with a roll, biscuit, biscuit or bread. I hope you’re more comfortable with using the word y’all after last week’s lesson! Come back next week for…

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