Southern Dictionary: Eat Crow February 17, 2009Posted by smooregasbord in General.
We are doing a bible study at our church called 40 Days of Love. It’s a six-week study which focuses on how to make LOVE (for Jesus and for others) our #1 life value. The study correlates with the book, The Relationship Principles of Jesus. Our pastor does a sermon each Sunday that covers a one-week segment of the book. This past Sunday he was giving an illustration of how he had developed negative feelings towards another individual and really just didn’t like them. As we began the 40 Days of Love study, he felt convicted to confront this person about his feelings and apologize. He basically said, “Well, you know what that means….time to eat crow.” I died laughing. I had not heard this phrase since we moved to the DC area. Pastor Dale is from the South which makes him a winner in my book, but it’s his sense of humor and wit that really seals the deal.
Southerners use the term “eat crow” when a person is in the wrong and that person has to openly admit that they are in the wrong and apologize. Typically this is made worse by the fact that they were obnoxiously adamant about being right in the first place. I find that crow usually tastes better if you imagine it dipped in batter and fried extra crisy with the Colonel’s secret recipe and then you chase it with a glass of sweet tea.