What Does Het Up Mean? On Talk Southern to Me

So you’ve heard a Southerner say it, and you need to know! What does Het Up mean, exactly?

Talk Southern to Me het up

So you’ve heard a Southerner say it, and you need to know! What does Het Up mean, exactly? Generally “het up” will be used in the same situations that “worked up” or “riled up” would also be fitting, and it generally just depends on the speaker’s background and choice in using it. Upon further researching I’ve seen where “het up” is actually used in other rural places in the USA, but it’s typically thought of as a “Southernism” and it’s roots can be traced to the Scots. Being that there is a heavy, HEAVY Scottish influence in the American South due to those that settled Here, it makes perfect sense.

Be sure to use “het up” in a conversation this week and get comfortable with it! You’re sure to attract someone’s attention, whether they’re a Southerner who appreciates our linguistic roots or someone that’s NOT from here who will want to know what you meant in saying it. It’s a chance for you to spread the gospel of Southern speech, and that’s not something to pass up!

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