Howdy. Howdy. Howwwwwwwww-dee! I hope you all had a better week this week than you did last week and if not, here’s to hoping next week is the BEST! You have just landed smack dab in the middle of the 15th installment of Southern Fried Vocab. If you missed last week’s phrase, don’t you worry your pretty lil’ head none. If the Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, you can click right here and it’ll take you right to it.
If you’re unfamiliar with the rules, they go a lil’ something like this. You will be given a vocabulary word or phrase, a definition and a sentence. You are hereby challenged to go forth and use it in conversation.
Though you may not see a logical place to insert these words into conversation, everything is always better when you cover it in flour and drop it in some hot grease.
This week’s phrase is a hit dog will holler.
A hit dog will holler: when a group of folks find themselves in a troublesome situation, more often than not, the troublemaker speaks up first to clear his name
Lil’ Frankie and Lil’ Johnnie are playing ball in the house after their mother told them to stop. Johnnie throws the ball, knocks over the good vase and it shatters.
Mom to boys from another room: Whodunnit?!
Johnnie: It wasn’t me!
Frankie: A hit dog will holler!
*snaps leather belt* Mom: Every time.
If there is a situation where there is trouble and there is more than one person to blame, the person “whodunnit” will be the first to speak up (i.e. lie) to say that it wasn’t them. This phrase also works if you are speaking truth in a situation that offends one or more people and they speak up in offense. You’ve hit a nerve (it hurts) and they holler, much like when a dog is hit by a vehicle. All of his nerves have been hit, so he hollers. That’s how you get, a hit dog will holler. The proper response is “every time.”