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Translation Tuesday: Grits

September 27, 2011

Ah, Grits. Three meanings and both a part of life in the South.

Definition One- Grits, the food. A staple in the daily world of southern cuisine. It is fine ground up corn, mixed with salt, pepper and added to boiling water and makes a porridge type mixture. It looks like cream of wheat to me, but it doesn’t taste remotely similar. Many people eat it for breakfast, with eggs and toast. But it is also served with shrimp as a main dish for dinner. There are a number of mills across the South that still make them, so they can be bought locally, which is always a great thing. And as much as I love most Southern food, I am not a fan of grits. Just don’t like the flavor.

Definition Two- An acronym, G.R.I.T.S. Girls Raised In The South. There are a number of t-shirts, hats and other items with this for sale across the South, and they are generally pretty cute. I wasn’t raised here though, so I don’t own anything with that saying. I do think it is adorable though!

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Definition Three- A Saying, “Kiss My Grits”. Pretty much means, you can kiss my butt if you expect me to do that, you are perfectly capable of doing it yourself. Kiss my grits sounds so much nicer! It is also cute on a t-shirt 🙂

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  1. September 28, 2011 1:42 pm

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