Palm trees, sweet tea, beautiful beaches, oyster roasts and fresh fish, porches—there are all sorts of signs that you’re in The South. If you listen carefully, you may pick up on another undeniable sign that you’re on Hilton Head Island: our Lowcountry lingo! Have you ever heard any of these phrases while you were staying at Palmetto Dunes?
If you ask a Southerner for directions while out for a bike ride, or if you’re trying to find your way to The Dunes House or one of our Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina restaurants, don’t be surprised if you hear the word yonder in their reply. Yonder describes distance, but how much exactly? No one is too sure.
A common Lowcountry saying that indicates someone is planning to do something. For example, someone might say they’re fixin’ to try the new menu at Alexander’s Restaurant. They may not be heading to the restaurant tonight for dinner, but you can bet it’s on their to-do list.
No, it’s not an insult or an interjection, it’s a sports team! The varsity sports teams of the University of South Carolina are known as the Gamecocks and they’re hugely popular! That is, of course, unless you cheer for their rivals, the Clemson University Tigers. Join us at Big Jim’s to catch all of your favorite sports action.
When you're at Palmetto Dunes you might hear someone talk about the general store. They’re not just talking about any old shop! They’re talking about The General Store, located across from the Tennis Center and by the Robert Trent Jones course. Hilton Head Island pros know that this is the place to fuel up, grab essentials for your vacation rental, and chat with a coffee on the front porch.
This Southern expression is fairly self-explanatory: whomever you’re talking about is extremely happy. Maybe they aced a hole on one of our Hilton Head golf courses or caught a fish while out on one of our boat charters. Or, maybe you and your friends will be happier than a pig in mud after spending the day at Palmetto Dunes Beach.
This versatile Southern phrase is said when a person is expressing a belief, guess, fact, or musing. We reckon that a beachfront villa rental is a perfect place for a memorable vacation! (See what we did there?)
We think you'll find that the people you meet on Hilton Head Island are friendly, helpful, and courteous. We can't help it! Good manners are a way of life down here, and as such, you'll hear "sir” or “ma’am” practically everywhere you go. Chalk it up to Southern charm and gentleness.
Last but not least! We couldn’t talk about Southern sayings and leave out the phrase you’re likely to hear most of all: y’all! This version of the plural second person pronoun is ingrained in our way of speech down here in The South, and we’re sure y’all won’t make it through your Hilton Head Island vacation without hearing it more than once.
What Lowcountry lingo have you heard when visiting Palmetto Dunes? Leave us a comment with your favorite Southern phrase, and start planning your next Hilton Head vacation so you can come hear our Lowcountry lingo for yourself!