Northerners Have Absolutely No Idea What These Quintessentially Southern Phrases Mean

The Real Meaning Behind “Aren’t You Precious”

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“Aren’t you precious” is a phrase people in the south hear all the time. Southerners have a knack for disguising insults as compliments. “Aren’t you precious” is a thinly veiled insult. It’s usually loaded with polite-sounding sarcasm.

The phrase is basically a nice way of calling someone dumb, weird, or questionable. It’s often a retaliation when somebody feels personally offended. It’s also often said with a big fake smile. It’s an awfully infantilizing and condescending phrase.