Mark Twain said "Southerners speak music". Hearing a soft Georgia lilt is almost like a song, a song that has brought me much comfort lately. But what I love most are the southern idioms like "He was as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rockers" or "mad enough to spit nails". It is just fun to hear these phrases again. I laughed out loud the other day when I heard a kid at the pool turn to a friend and say "You swim slower than Christmas comes!"
That's my new favorite!