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Southerners describe heat in so many interesting terms

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The language learning platform Preply has used Google search data to reveal a list of the most commonly used heat expressions in the south.

Southerners in the U.S. are well-known for their colorful language and vivid imagery. With unique expressions like “She’s madder than a wet hen” and “I’m finer than frog hair split four ways,” they also have plenty of animated ways to talk about what it’s like to bake in the sun on a summer day.

Lucky for you, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most widespread Southern phrases used to describe just how fiery it can feel outside. 

So leave “It’s hot!” behind and pick up a few new ear-catching phrases to try out this summer!

Here are the 20 most popular Southern sayings about the heat:

  1. It’s not the heat—it’s the humidity.
  2. Hot as Hades.
  3. Hotter than Dutch love.
  4. It’s a barn burner.
  5. Hotter than blue blazes.
  6. Hotter than Georgia asphalt.
  7. Hot enough to scald a lizard.
  8. Hotter than a stolen tamale.
  9. She sure is a-beamin’.
  10. Aweful selsery.
  11. Hot enough to scald a loon.
  12. Training grounds for down below.
  13. The bear got him.
  14. It’s a torcher.
  15. It must be 90 in the shade.
  16. This one’s gonna be a scorcher.
  17. You could fry an egg on the sidewalk.
  18. It’s like walking through soup out here.
  19. It’s so hot the ice cream truck melted.
  20. It’s so hot the swimming pool is boiling.

Amy Pritchett, Learning Success Manager at Preply, said:

“There’s something about Southern heat that speaks to us like nothing else. It’s our sweat badge of courage – proof, in our minds, that we can stand mercury levels that would indeed undo our northern brethren. And we do it gracefully. Southern women don’t sweat – we “glisten.”

The epicenter of heat-tolerance pride is, of course, Texas. Move there from anywhere else, and soon you’ll be calling the folks back home, full of yourself and spouting off about the cold snap you’re having in Fort Worth, what with the temperature dipping into the 90s.

It’s not enough, of course, for Southerners to bravely endure the heat. No, we need to talk about it—specifically, we search for ever more colorful ways of describing the heat’s intensity.”

To view ‘The Most Popular Heat Expressions,’ visit: https://preply.com/en/blog/southern-sayings-about-the-heat/.

About Preply

Preply is a global language learning marketplace, connecting 140,000 tutors with tens of thousands of students worldwide.

Founded in 2012 and backed by some of the world’s leading investors, Preply is on a mission to shape the future of effective learning. Fueled by a belief that live engagement with a teacher is still the most effective way to learn a new skill, Preply builds a personalized learning space that will enable individual learners to reach their goals the fastest way possible.

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Deadline nears for Wreaths Across America purchase

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There is still time to purchase a wreath and support the Wreaths Across America program in Bowie to lay wreaths on veteran’s graves in Elmwood Cemetery.
Deadline to purchase a wreath is Dec. 6 at a cost of $15. Visit the GFWC Amity Club of Bowie Facebook page for the order form or call Angela at 940-841-11315.
Families also may purchase wreaths they can pick up and take to other cemeteries. Wreaths will be laid in ceremonies on Dec. 17 at Elmwood. The public is invited to attend.

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All Together Show joins youth fair schedule

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There will be a new addition to the Montague County Youth Fair in 2023 as the All Together Livestock Show debuts on Jan. 5, 2023.
Justin Hansard, county AgriLife Extension agent, said All Together is designed to give students with special needs an opportunity to participate in the Montague County Youth Fair without the requirement of raising or prepping their own livestock animal.
Participants will be matched with a volunteer(s) and livestock animal and given the opportunity to show that animal in the ring for an individualized experience.

Entries are now open for the show.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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McKinney, Moore receive top 2022 firefighter awards

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By BARBARA GREEN
editor@bowienewsonline.com
The City of Bowie Fire Department honored its own this week during the annual Thanksgiving awards dinner on Nov. 21.
City officials, friends and families of firefighters attended to watch as service awards and firefighter training certifications were presented, along with the firefighter of the year honors. New firefighter recruits also received their badges that were pinned on by friends and family.
Assistant Fire Chief Joel Moore brought the welcome and served as emcee in the absence of an ill Fire Chief Doug Page.

The Roy Gene Williams Award is an award for a volunteer firefighter selected by his fellow volunteers. Levi Davis, 2021 award recipient, presented the 2022 honor to James McKinney.
Firefighter of the Year was presented by Cody Byler, 2020 recipient and it went to Joel Moore.

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

Joel Moore, the Firefighter of the Year recipient is congratulated by Ross Hamilton, fellow firefighter. They are the only men who have won the Firefighter of the Year Award three times. See more photos in the weekend Bowie News.
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