Friday, June 4, 2010

Talking Southern


A term generally used for a small, unexpected gift.

I was super good today as far as eating.  Last night I ate light and went for a run and felt awesome.  I was hungry when I woke up but I loved the yeah!  You didn't stuff yourself silly last night, way to go! Today, by 3:30pm I had only eaten 9.5 points, breakfast was a 1 point WW yogurt and 2 pieces of raisin toast (3 points).  Then lunch was lots of veggies and fruit.  Strawberries and a 0 point jello for dessert.  I decided, I deserved a surcee!

I didn't know what a surcee was until I was enjoying it, see.  I'm not a natural born Southern gal, but all I did know is surcee is a fun word to say.  Try it.

A word that must be said with the exclamation point for sure.

So I had myself a little piece of a brownie and a non fat caramel macchiato.  Surcee indeed, and it was soo worth it.

Google and I being casual aquaintances, I refered back to find out what the true meaning was.  Here's what I found:

Having grown up in the Carolinas in the southern United States, the term "surcee" is one that I have heard for years. It is generally used by ladies who you mentally associate with white gloves, iced tea, azaleas, and a quiet, genteel nature - southern belles, if you would. People though they may drive Volvos and use cellphones are like living anachronisms, bastions of the Old South in a modern world.

Surcee is not a word that people usually write down and if it is written down, the spelling varies greatly. Circe, sursee, or surcy are often common spellings of the word. The origin of the word has been traced back to the the Irish word "sussie which means "to care" or "to bother oneself." That word is thought to have its origin in the French word "souci" which means "care" or "trouble."

Surcees generally come in all shapes and sizes. From bag of home-made cookies to a small book, the form does not seem to matter much. What makes the surcee special is that it means that giver spent time and energy thinking about the recipient and made the effort to do something for them. In an age where we are more and more driven to look after ourselves and time is a precious commodity, the surcee though a small thing can have a great impact on the lives of others.  Source

Southern belle?  Moi?  Nahhhh!  HAhasnortHa!

But I still like the word.


  1. I love this word too! Growing up in New Orleans, we used the term lagniappe for things like this. It was not until I moved to SC that I heard surcee used, but I love it!

  2. I am southern born and raised but I don't think that I have heard of that word before!