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

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Sat Nov 8 16:58:38 UTC 2008

Wilson, when I was growing up in Texas, "show out" was the only form I ever heard from my parents (originally Arkansawyers).

Curiously, having spent many years in Georgia, I am not aware of what I might typically hear Georgians say!


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 10:23:16 -0500
>From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>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.

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