EUPHAMISMS: A Southern Tradition
Many of our friends live outside of the South and like to remind us of how different things are in other places. We steadfastly maintain that we live in the South by choice, not necessity. One of the many things I love about the South, aside from the food and the weather and the space, is the fine art of the euphamism.
Most people are familiar with the saying, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” But most Southern women know that simply means you are just supposed to find a nice way to say the mean stuff, ha.
Having struggled with my weight off and on most of my life, one of the euphamisms I know best is “She has such a pretty face.” Those of you schooled in the fine art of passive agression know that statement really means “It is a shame her butt is so big.”
The Pea Pickin’ Hearts name pays homage to a much nicer euphamism made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, “Bless their little pea pickin’ hearts.” It is a reference to being simple and country. Not dumb, just simple and country. We quickly realized that the Appalachian sound of the 1940s and 1950s which so heavily influences our song-writing style is exactly that…simple and country.
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