Since we love this amazing song by Morgan Wallen, we figured we'd introduce you to Morgan AND the way WE talk around these parts!
If you're new to Nashville and trying to blend in, here are some phrases that might help:
Y’all: You all. Everyone. All you people.
Fixin': Used in lieu of, “I’m going to” or “getting ready to”
Bless your heart: You can pretty much follow up any gossipy comment with, “bless their/her/his heart” and that makes it okay.
Meat and three: A typical Southern dinner. Meat and three sides, heavy on the mashed potatoes and gravy.
God’s Country: The South.
Athens of the South: A nickname of Nashville, for being a city filled with colleges (32 to be exact). Also, the main reason for the life-sized replica of The Parthenon in Centennial Park.
Vols: University of Tennessee athletics. Knoxville. Big Orange. Football. Tennessee Volunteers.
Commodore: Vanderbilt University athletics, in-state rival of the Volunteers.
Preds: Short for, the Nashville “Predators,” our professional hockey team.
Smashville: Where the “Preds” smash their competition - get it?
Titans: Not a race of mythological Greek people, no, no — our professional football team.
Hot Chicken: Other than music, it might just be hot chicken that put Nashville on the map.
Winder: Refers to a window.
Pitch a fit: A true Southerner knows you don't have a hissy fit, you pitch one.
Hold your horses: Be patient. Hold on a sec. Slow your roll.
Stompin’ grounds: Where you’re from. Your turf. Your favorite hang.
NashVegas: A term often associated to Nashville as a whole, but locals know this actually refers to Lower Broadway in all of her neon lit, “why am I still up at 2 a.m.” glory.
Paris: In Nashville, when someone tells you they are from Paris, they don’t mean France. They are referring to a little town 86 miles northwest, known for hosting the “World’s Biggest Fish Fry” every April and for it’s 60-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower.
Tax-free weekend: A weekend in August in which certain items are tax-exempt throughout the state.
Tea: Served sweet always. You must request un-sweet or else this is what you’ll get.
Barbecue: Memphis-style, slow-cooked in a pit, served “dry” or “wet.”
I Believe In Nashville: In May of 2010, Nashville was nearly underwater. Nashville banded together to help those who were affected without hesitation. It was the most beautiful display of unity and loving service a city could ever ask for.
A phrase commemorated with a now world-famous mural located on the side of 12th South Dental Studio; 2700 12th Avenue South.
The Nashville Way: Not just a slogan on this adorable shirt by Project 615, but a phrase coined to praise what is viewed as our city’s amicable race relations during the Civil Rights movement. Read the book, The Nashville Way by Benjamin Houston.
Southern charm: An attitude of hospitality, warmth, sweetness and generosity attributed to Southerners. This attitude will get you a long way in this town and you don’t have to be from here to have it.
Honky Tonkin’: What visitors in cowboy hats are doing on the weekend. Occurs on Lower Broadway only.
It ain’t the heat, it's the humidity: A phrase that can’t be explained, it’s something you feel. One you will better understand sometime in June.
LOTG: When your friend texts you in August asking if you’d like to go to LOTG, they are inviting you to Live on the Green — Nashville’s free outdoor music festival brought to you by our beloved local independent radio station, Lightning 100. You should say yes.
Swarmageddon: Now and again, you may hear a Nashville local mention the Swarmageddon of 2011. This refers to the 17-year cicada invasion that lasted a whole Summer. It was seriously gross. Get ready, the next 13-year cycle brood will be returning 2021.
Thanks to our friends at The Tennessean for providing this "how-to" list!