Definition of Southernism

1. Noun. A locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States.

Generic synonyms: Expression, Locution, Saying

2. Noun. An attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US).
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Mental Attitude
Geographical relationships: America, The States, U.s., U.s.a., United States, United States Of America, Us, Usa

Lexicographical Neighbors of Southernism

southern live oak
southern magnolia
southern maidenhair
southern porgy
southern red cedar
southern red oak
southern screamer
southern screamers
southern scup
southern spadefoot
southern spatterdock
southern vole
southern voles
southern white cedar
southern yellow pine
southernism (current term)

Literary usage of Southernism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Race Orthodoxy in the South: And Other Aspects of the Negro Question by Thomas Pearce Bailey (1914)
"SOCIOLOGICAL southernism AND "THE SOUTHERNER" (From Neale's Monthly for August, 1913.) Four years ago the publishers of "The Southerner" requested a number ..."

2. On Early English Pronunciation: With Special Reference to Shakespeare and by Alexander John Ellis, William Salesbury, Johann Andreas Schmeller, Francis James Child, Alexander Barclay, Johan Winkler (1889)
"Possibly this was a southernism, as T. has lived so long in the S. div. ... 1, 3, etc., is a southernism, which, as T. pointed out to me, ..."

3. The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe (1888)
"Maria's southernism was beginning to get on Sherman's nerves. "I'm the one who was driving the car, Sherman, and so I think it's up to me to decide. ..."

4. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"Of his southernism of subject and sentiment there can be no question among those who know his native State. Philip Pendleton Cooke, with his art flowering ..."

5. Woodrow Wilson and His Work by William Edward Dodd (1921)
"The New York Tribune said that Wilson's internationalism was developed as a screen to cover his southernism. That was indeed a stretch for people who ..."

6. An American Glossary by Richard Hopwood Thornton (1912)
"(Given as a southernism.) 1861 He never said anything against killing flies, or pelting hop-toads, or tin-kettling the cat.—Knick. Mag., Ivii. 420 (April). ..."

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