Friday, July 11, 2008

intro to memphisian 099 (remedial)

I will free your mind today.
thought amnesty. u dont have to think - let me entertain u

I have been told by some that I speak memphasian, as well by others that I need to learn how to type and use a spell checker. That aside. I will introtuce yawl to some of the terms i grew up saying. You alread know about words and phrases such as Jones, folk, fck boy, bitch azz ni**a. So here are a few more. With a sentence to match.

Panties - brown paper bag used to cover an ice cold deuce-deuce, quart or can of beer such to hide its contentsw and keep beverage cold.
Sentence: Mane, take them panties of that 40.

Foglin' - used to describe a lazy or triffling person that talks more than their acts produce.
Sentence: Mane, I dont mess with jones, he be foglin' all the time.

Kroger sac - in the days of brown paper bags, this was used to describe what one would have to do to tolerate having sex with a woman of none cosmetic astutness.
Sentence: man, I saw slim you was with, know you had to use a Kroger sac.

for real though (pronounced - 4 real dough) - used to state exclaimation. Similar in context to "Word" and synonomous to "straight" and "true" as used in these parts of the dirty

Use of prepositions - this is more of semantics and phonetic. Most folk use one preposition in a sentence. Memphis folk add them together.

Example: In traditional English people may say "I am out."
We say: : "Mane, I'm gone on up out of this camp." Please note 5 prepositions in a row.
Pony Piss - Colt 45 malt liquor. No sentece required.

Chiefin - the term used to describe the consumation of herbs. Can be used in statment or question.

Mane, what you doing jones
Response: Chiefin

Pimp - professional in the management of a prostitute
Putting paper in my pocket.

Deuce-Deuce - 220z beverage, most likey a Beer

Cut - Plase of domicile or abode.
Sentence: Mane, I'm at the cut.

I would go on, but this is just a small and brief primer on why Jones talk the way he do and how my folk at cut talk. Hope you enjoyed.


Charece said...

Thanks for the run down cause I definately get lost reading some of the phrases you use in yur blogs...I just found out what "folk" meant....u don't even want to no what I thoughtit meant before LOL.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

now u got folk here interested, do tell me, if not in public via email

DNLee said...

One correction. Foglin' is FLogin. I spell it with 2 gs.

And is often used in combination with the term flossin'

Mane, he be flossin' n floggin' all the time.

Later, 1 -town.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

good look jones, what side of town u on, me south parkway
u sound like black have usinmg it like that LOL do come back

Rich said...

I'm up on those kroker sacks, my folk in Central FL used them to transport such things as gopher turtles and what not.

It took me a minute to figure out the idiosyncracies of your dialect but I'm no stranger to country. My accent kicks into gear soon as cross Florida state line.

Torrance Stephens bka All-Mi-T said...

U see im trying to saty onthe comments, buit it wont last for long, in a minute willl come back to about 30. have a great weekend and pashe shifting is a must from the Lou to Fla

G. R Evinrue said...

Nice son, Up here in Milwaukee we use Cut for our rides also along with the flat.

We also use folk but it means you are a gangsta versus a vice lord.

We have 1000 ways to say bye from the simple "i'm up" to the rare "get little" and everything in between.

We also use YO since i brought it back with me but we also use joe because people misunderstood.

Example: whats up yo? or joe which is funny cause i know i started that here. Plus its wrong but what can you do?

Yea we do both coasts and our own thing up here in Milhonkee. Peace folk

Anonymous said...

lmao. we need to talk.

i want to know too. folk hella nosy up in here.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

G. R Evinrue
I guess folk is universal then

Ma'at said...

Quotes her boy.... " I don't speak Memphian". Thanks for the lesson luv.

Sauce said...

Mane for real though. You mean to tell me everyone don't use those same phrases/words? Good thing you aint finta let it get lost in translation cause being from one town, i knew what you were talking bout. You lost me with foglin' but I am almost sure you talking bout flodgin and you would think "up out of" or "down from off of" were proper prepositional phrases if you were fresh from down around here. For real though.

Lovebabz said...

This was charming indeed.

I loved it and I really felt like I was learning something...very Zora Neale Hurston!

Ms. Lovely said...

learn something new err'day..have a good weekend sir

Lovebabz said...

The new photo is lovely! I am with Sista GP it is very nice to see you smiling!

The music is great...would love a CD. Funk-try could be big in Connecticut! (smile)

Freeman said...

It's always funny to see how far slang travels. We have so many families from the South that have migrated to Compton that we share a common slanguage. The meanings have changed a bit since the migrations but the words are the same.

Freeman P.

Freeman said...

Oh yeah I fixed the comment post. Thanks for the reminder

Check us out

NoRegrets said...

See, I told you you speak another language! Thanks for the dictionary.... Learning something new every day.

thee modern isis said...

Thanks for lesson.

It's interesting how people all over say some of the same things.

Garth Sullivan said...

don change your style for some weak azz readers.

make'm pay attention.

Urban Thought said...

I'm so glad you put this up. There were times when I would SMH and ask WTF and not know. Now I feel like a white man who just got educated with the Blackness. LOL

Too funny!

Keli said...

I one had someone try to correct my grammar on my blog...I told them about themselves...the thing is, if this were a professional blog, then yeah...maybe...but this is something you do for you in your spare time...if they don't like it...well hey...I get tired of folks that those holier than thou, elitist attitudes.

Panties...interesting...I thought it was a type of women's underwear, lol.

4GOTTEN1 said...

I'm feeling this so much cause growing up in Mississippi man we used a lot of the same terms. Its funny being places and sometime saying things that i think are common and others look at me like i'm crazy or say what the fuck u

Waiting for Zufan! said...

Give me more! Urban Dictionary is pretty lame compared to this post. Language is my thing, dialect, I love it all. Of course, I'd never try to use in my own speech anything other than my Midwestern / Puerto Rican- inspired comfort zone but... I sure like to understand.

Nice new pic in the sidebar and comments. Your little dolly is adorable, and you don't look too bad yourself.

the prisoner's wife said...

lol...umm, thanks for the dictionary(?)

a lot of the terms are used elsewhere :cheefin, cut, 4 real tho, & the vast use of prepositions, just to name a few.

but what you know bout puttin 20 on 10? lol

Shy said...

lol. Cool post. I most definitely learned something new today. I'm from Bama and we use slang like folk and cut, but they have different connotations than the ones you've listed.

An example is cut...some use it to refer to home or the crib...but mostly, it's a synonym for sexin.

Anyhoo. Catch ya later!

ShAé - ShAé said...

LMAO I need to bookmark this so when I come back I'll know what the heck you're talking about. ;-)

Big Momma Pimpalishisness said...

"Please note 5 prepositions in a row."


OG, The Original Glamazon said...

My question is does Memphis really stand for

M aking
E asy
M oney
P imping
H oes
I n
S tyle

That's what I really need you to break down for me. *lol*

You know I always applaud sharing your lingo, helps the blogs flow much much easier!!


Missy said...

So...Jones is NOT a person? I'm feeling real brand new right now.

IntrospectiveGoddess said...

That Kroger Sac sentence was hilarious....I like the slang it adds character....thanks for enlightening me about the idiosyncrasies of your vocabulary!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

Emeritus said...
What I do, and talk about what.

LOL u silly

We say flodgin too

anytime sista

Ms. Lovely
U must like the muzk

We can do that jones

Compton, I got heemed up by some Dorsey bloods for shooting basketball but they was cool and ended up sayin yawl cool with us lol

U prompted the post among others

thee modern isis
Anytime folk

Garth Sullivan
Boy u a fool

Urban Thought
Glad I could make u laugh

We call them panty-draws jones LOL

Folk u a fool, need to drop by the shop mane

Waiting for Zufan!
Y thank u is the little one still dancing to my muzk

the prisoner's wife
Tru dat, talking origins jones

Cutt means that
And I could use some u offering lol

ShAé - ShAé
My fault sister

Big Momma Pimpalishisness

OG, The Original Glamazon
Yes it does and add MACS to it when u do

Don’t feel bad, u aint dump jones – u don’t wanna be that lol

DNLee said...

though most slag is transregional -- the use of mane (for man), is SO Memphis. So is the phrase 1-town, but that is generations, younger folks (gen xers) have no idea what that is. But if you go to Tennessee State, you know!!!

Anyway, I'm from South Memphis - also known as Funky Town. I grew up on 3rd and Belz - later moved out to Black Haven...(aka, South Memphis annex).


Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

we say flodgin to, and like i said spwy. CTO - castalia talking over

lol, like i said rolling u this weekend

TheophaniaPaige said...


Oh btw, you look good in that new pic you put up, it's about time you smile, lol, you don't always have to look hard (meaning ruff-neck like, lol...)

Danie said...

Well...I've just been educated...

i.can't.complain. said...

love the pic of the lil' lady and u

thnx for a small introduction into your memphis'isms.



T.Allen-Mercado said...

Thanks so much for sharing this. At this point, I have deciphered much of the vernacular but the roots are so much more interesting than I'd imagined. I find it interesting that I just blogged about hearing the voices and accents of some of my other online peers, perhaps I'll add you.I'd love to hear the whole spiel; I'm sure my very heavy NYC accent would amuse you immensely; think Lily Tomlin vs. Fran Drescher in brown! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm lovin' how you broke dat shit down kid! (north jersey slang) ;-)

Melody.Darlene said...

lolol!! we use a lot of the same slang out here!

Melody.Darlene said...

PS. ur daughter... OMG!!! toooo cute!! look at that hair!! ur gonna have one of hella of a time when she reaches high school! lol

Dave said...

What in the hell does folk mean? Where I'm from were not as nice as kats from the south. In general we don't speak to each other.

I had a family reunion in memphis at the Peabody Hotel. Some kat kept called me folk and saying a mane? I told the country boy he needed to back down. He kept trying to talk with my girlfriend on the low. She wasn't having it and told him to step off. I don't get the southern culture in 2008. You all are a bit slow moving for my taste.

I also heard me being from up north we tend to be agressive.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

TheophaniaPaige said...
Thanks folk, u biased

No maam, ed- ga – ma – cated lol

Jones, so u love folk after all LOL

LOL Fran speaks her own language nasally LOL

Kid, my folk from Trenton, and the BRICKS speak like that LOL

Yea jones, shooting insecurs bitych azz niggaz like dave below up front LOL just joking dave u just comical

LOL stop being so lame. U aint aggressive, u really a big sissy punk. Be open and stop being so defensive and Insecure. That’s what u are folk. And if I wanted to, Id take yo woman and sell her to the sudan if I was PIMPIN LOL

The Love Collective said...

What up, peoples?

heather said...

been doin the straight and narrow for a while due to the job hunt. makes translation from black memphis boy to cracker white new york girl a bit rough some days but i got around my hang up by copying your posts into a word doc and hitting spell check. (and yeah, that's ~my~ hang up. no need to impose it on you. to others who feel differently i say write how you want on your own damn blog and leave ts the hell alone about it already. christ almighty, even einstein was a horrific speller who hardly ever wore matching socks!)

panties = wrap
foglin' = fulla shit
kroger sack = bag it then tag it
for real though is used u here too along with deuce deuce which we pronounce deucy deuce
don't see much colt 45 in my area. just the 3 bottles at the gas station with 1/2 inch of dust on them.
i know there's a metric fuckload of other expressions that are regional to this area. and there's gonna be a new one soon cause i'm totally stealing 'chiefin'. as in, i can't wait till i can go chiefin again. lol

(yeah i know, i'm too old and too white for some of this but what the hell, i gotta stay ahead of my kid ~somehow~)

BlaHHH said...

Us Cali people try 2 talk like that lol. I miss the ATL slang:(...But out here we use cut the same way & also with some cars. & also joe & folk!

msladydeborah said...


Between the music and this post, I am sitting here cracking up! LOL!

Ah! Home schoolin' there is nothing like it!

msladydeborah said...

I forgot to add this:

Lil mama is really a Q~T~Pie!

Dione said...

Thanks bruh, for the Memphis speak... I gave up a long time ago trying to decipher every little unusual word I encountered here. All I could do was read the context of the sentence to help me out. Eventually it got easier and now I understand much better. Now, I find myself droppin some of those words and my FOLK look at ME like I'm from another planet! Blogging will get ya in trouble!

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

The Love Collective
Where u been jones

Folk, now that was funny, u wrong for that and never 2 old or white, we don’t get down like that human being lmbao

When u coming back jones

Nothing like a good laugh, for real though

Y thank u sister

Glad to be of service folk lol

sista gp said...

It's amazing how much Memphisian I have learned from this blog, your books and our conversations. I have to admit that I had to consult hubby on a few things. I knew about the 6 and 12, but for the 8 and 10, I was clueless.
It took me years to learn his Cleveland slang. Still have to go 'WHAT?' sometimes.
I'll have to quiz him on this course material.

SjP said...

LOL! I like the way u write...keep doing what u do. But thanks for the webster according to folk.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

sista gp
Next time im in macon to see auntee, I will stop by and give u and hubby another lesson lol


Soulstress said...

Real nice..I enjoyed!

Charece said...

LMAO I honestly thought that "folk" was a name you gave your penis and all this time I thought u were referring to your penis as if it were your "homie" or something....LOL sorry I just never heard that term before even in that statement u wrote below my first comment can still be mistaken for that and I laugh every time I see it cause I remember thinking that's what it meant.

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

thaks sister

so is that what u would call my manhood maam? lol

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