Oh, honey …
who among us northern gals
hasn’t secretly bid her tongue to slip
effortlessly into that sweet southern nectar
known as a d-r-a-w-l.
Or, should I say,
d … r … a … w … l …
That’s right, you have to slow it down,
stretch every syllable out a little bit m-o-r-e,
maybe even summon an extra syllable or two.
Just for effect.
Well, in case you’d like to try your tongue at a tantalizing twang
(you know, in the car while you’re driving alone, in the shower where no one can hear … ),
start with this word:
No, not just mabalane all squished together …
maa … buh … layyyn …
The funny thing about this word is that it’s really an obscure term that comes to us from South Africa, meaning “a clerk, a secretary; a person whose work includes the keeping of written records.”
It’s not really the definition that matters, though, it’s the way it sounds rolling from your lips.
Master the word mabalane, and soon you’ll be hollering “y’all!”
with the best of those silver-tongued southern belles.