how to speak "southern"

"put a whoopin' on"
refrain from giggling when you hear this phrase or the "whoopin'" may be redirected - and rest assured that you'll be sorry. its meaning isn't difficult to discern: to conquer, to annihilate, or to complete.

for example ~ "this week's freeze put a whoopin' on this year's crops"
or ~ "the lady vols put a whoopin' on that rutgers team"
even ~ "you really put a whoopin' on your supper"

while it is probably most often used to describe an actual beating, this phrase knows no boundaries. it won't be pigeon holed. there is not a person or a thing that is impervious to a good "whoopin'" down here. so, watch your back.

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