Heard on The Judges: "show out" = approx., throw a tantrum, blow one's top, etc.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 7 15:23:16 UTC 2008

This was used by Judge Penny, a fifty-ish black woman from Georgia. My
parents and grandparents from Texas also used this expression. Are any
other Southrons familiar with this expression? It's usually used WRT
children, but it can also be applied more-or-less jokingly WRT adults,
in my experience. It seems to be confined to the South. After we left
Texas, I heard it only from my relatives. This was the first time that
I'd heard anybody use it several dekkids.


All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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