One of my first introductions to living in the American South was the humor of the late Lewis Grizzard. One of the parishioners at the church I pastored in Louisiana gave me a recording of one of his shows, and I laughed helplessly more times than I can recall as I listened to it.
I was reminded of him by a discussion with a friend about the very Southern expression, “Well, bless his heart!” Believe me, if you hear a Southern lady say that about someone, he or she is toast. Ain’t got nothin’ comin’.
That being the case, I thought others among my readers might enjoy hearing Lewis Grizzard discuss Southern language. (If the embedded video below fails to play, click here to watch it on YouTube.)
I’m still laughing just as hard as the first time I heard him . . . If Lewis Grizzard made it to heaven when he died, I daresay St. Peter is now greeting new arrivals at the Pearly Gates with a Southern accent, too!