Monday, October 5, 2009


The other day, I walked into a room full of ladies and one of them said, "Well, if it isn't 'Miss Priss!'" Hmmmm, I'm still unsure if she meant it as a derogatory statement, but, I took it as a compliment. Yes ma'am, I AM PRISSY! I have been called "Miss Priss", "Priss Britches", "Priss Pot," and other Prissy names since I was a child. It's a Southern thing y'all! My mama, Miss Pauline, is the Queen of Prissiness and is the Prissiest-thing ever! Her friends are all prissy, as well. She taught me everything I know about being Prissy.

What is Prissiness? How does one come about being called a "Priss Pot?"

~Are you high maintenance? Miss Janice is extremely high maintenance...Check.

~Is your idea of camping staying at a Day's Inn? No Camping. No Day's Inn. Don't think so...Check.

~Do you behave in a dainty-like manner? Hmmmmm, I guess I do...Check.

~Are you prim and proper...most of the time? The older I get, the more prim & proper...Check.

~Do people say that you are bossy sometimes? No, people say I'm bossy ALL the time...Check.

~Are you particular? Miss Janice is very particular...Check.

~Are you very neat? OCD neat...Check.

~Do you get upset and in a tizzy when you get dirty? In the garden no. In a room with no air conditioner, absolutely!...Check, just because I get in a tizzy about everything!

~Are you squeamish? Certain private things def make me squeamish. Check.

~Do you identify with any of the following famous ladies? Absolutely! All of them. Check.

Prissy, in Gone With the Wind, is my first runner-up as Miss Priss--behind the Queen of Priss, my mama. Dainty. Squeamish. Lord have mercy, she was definitely Prissy.

My next fav prissy lady is Delta Burke, who played Suzanne Sugarbaker, in Designing Women...Bossy. Very particular. Oh-so prissy!

Here I am...Miss Janice. Squeamish. Somewhat dainty. Def bossy. Extremely neat, and ever-so prissy!
Who can forget Rue McClanahan's role as Blanche Devereaux in Golden Girls? Prissy in midlife personified! Yes, she was a Priss Pot and very good at it!

Loved, loved, loved Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde...Very prim and proper and very Prissy!

Marcia Cross, as Bree in Desperate Housewives. Oh yes ma'am--my fav character on the show. She's got her prissy principles and she's sticking to 'em! Presentation and appearance is everything to Miss Priss Britches of Wisteria Lane. Bree is extremely particular y'all and I've learned a few prissy traits from her!
Now this last lady, Megan Mullally, who played Karen Walker in Will & Grace, would probably not like the fact I'm calling her prissy. Sorry Miss Karen, but you are prissy to me!

So, are you Prissy?--'cuz it's not a bad thing y'all!


short southern momma said...

I love it! I totally miss Designing Women..I loved that show! You are definitely one sassy priss pot! Hope your having a great Monday! = )

Suburban Princess said...

Oh I am definately very prissy!
I have a reputation for it lol!
I always loved Suzanne Sugerbaker too! I miss that show!

Kathie Truitt said...

I had a boss tell me I was Karen Walker (for the record I do NOT drink, except a glass of wine once every 7 or 8 months, so not sure where that came from). I've been told by co-workers that I was Suzanne Sugarbaker (I can understand that. I'm bossy, like to dress up and did win a few beauty queen titles). I find myself becoming waaayy prim as I get older, and almost intolerable of bad behavior and manners.

I wouldn't dream of leaving the house without makeup. As a matter of fact, I won't go to the barn or even ride my horse without full makeup.

I can't relate to Blanche. I loved her character but she was a little too promiscous for my taste.

I can however totally, 100% relate to Bree! She is my absolute favorite Miss Priss of all time.

Muffy said...

Miss Janice,

I had no idea what a prissy pot I am until this very moment! I am SO very prissy!!!! Who knew?? Thank you for enlightening me!


Black Labs and Lilly said...

Miss Janice,

Thank you so much for this post! I have a friend from middle school who has always called me "Miss Priss", he meant it to be mean spirited, but I took it as a compliment! Glad I am in such wonderful company!


Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Miss Janice you are just gorgeous! Take the prissy lines a compliment for sure! Very fun post! And I love your new header, another beautiful tablescape!

Teresa Jane said...

I can definately vouch for the fact that Miss Janice is one very prissy girl. She was prissy when we met 35 years ago (oops...did I say that) Thanks for not trying to make me too prissy. :)

pink green & southern said...

Oh yes, all the Pink Green and Southern girls are Priss Pots!

melissa said...

Love this post :) ... and yes, I am as prissy as they come, always have been (I am sure you may know that from my blog). I like to be called 'precious priss'!! ;)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'm not really too prissy - but I can appreciate it in others!

QueenBeeSwain said...

this was just darling and I love all of your PrissMisses- Suzanne Sugarbaker is always the first to come to mind, along with the Southern mother at the cc when I was growing up- oooooooh just love it!



Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Haha- cute post! In college, my sorority sisters called me "Polly Prissy Pants" or "Polly" for short. I wore that hat with a sense of pride. I came into this world prissy and will likely exit prissy. :)

Melissa Miller said...

Okay, I'm prissy....*Smiles*
LOVE Bree and RW too!

Many Blessings and Happy Fall to you Miss Janice! ~Melissa :)

Kyndall said...

you go, miss janice!

Princess Freckles said...

Bree Hodge is my favorite too! She is the reason I watch the show to be honest! I like her and all her prissy glory! I'd have to say that I'm pretty prissy and it gets worse (better?) daily!

The Blushing Hostess said...


Be absolutely fearless, you are perfect - and perfectly mannered, I might add! :)

Shelia said...

Oh, I always knew you were prissy, missy! But I love it! You're one gorgeous one!I'm from Alabama, I'm a true southern belle. Don't tell anyone, but I'm prissy too! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Preppy 101 said...

My mother called me Miss Priss! And I have called my daughter that, too ;-) I'm Prissy and Proud of it!! Just one little fact about my prissiness: Never leave home without - among other things - perfume! GREAT POST! xoxo

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Some would say I am a prissy pot.
I liked to be "put together", if you know what I mean and I love everything in it's place.
Have a good evening, now.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

My daughter has compared me to Ada Monroe (played by Nicole Kidman) in the movie Cold Mountain. I took this to be a very big compliment. She was very prissy and yet able to rise to the occasion and do what was necessary. It shed a whole new light on the movie after my daughter said that!

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

You are a wonderful Miss Priss... I love you the way you are. My hope is to be Miss Priss!!


Beth Dunn said...

Oh NO!! YOU changed your table setting. Only kidding it is lovely and very timely. You little prissy cutie pie. She was probably being obnoxious but you owned it girl! Just like an AT. I identify with Karen the most (mostly because I'm not southern--only a wannabe)oxoxo


Beth Dunn said...

PS my word verification code for my comment was ....pante...which made me feel very un lady like but I guess a priss would call them panties!!! xoxo


Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Oh yes...I've been called Miss Priss a few times myself. I take it as a compliment, even though sometimes I'm not certain that it is intended as such. BUT, because I'm prissy, I don't care one bit!

Three cheers for all the prissy gals out in blogland!!

Phyllis Bourne said...

My mom's names for me growing up were Mrs. Kennedy and Queen Bee. My s-i-l has been known to introduce me as "our First Lady".

Love your Miss Priss list! My favorite television Miss Priss is Whitney Gilbert from A Different World.

Miss Janice said...

Phyllis, Yes ma'am! I love Whitney from "A Different World!" She should def be on the "Prissy Ladies List!" I believe that was Jasmine Guy...LOVED her!

Bama Girl in AZ said...

Prissy is FAB!!!!!!!

Michelle said...

The Gold Standard in Prissy. Thanks for this great post! Yes, I've been there--when I wanted it done the correct way (my way).

Old fashioned, prissy, traditional and I'm trying to think of the other names I've been called.

If someone wasnt being nice when they said Miss Priss then it's their loss because you are just great and I'm so glad I found your blog! You are a doll!

Leah said...

Oh yes! I'm definitely prissy... but somehow I ended up married to a rugged, outdoorsy, man's man.

Great post!

Suzanne said...

Okay, I laughed my head off at this! I love all of these women! Prissy Southern Belles Rule!!!:-)

racheld said...

Emily AND Richard Gilmore and the unsung little Primrose of Fifi and the Flowertots (can you tell I spend most of my days with a two-year-old?).

The Southern Housewife said...

I loved Suzanne Sugarbaker!!! Loved her! And I'm definitely prissy, though I like to call it 'selective'. I know what I like and want and when I like and want it! lol!

Jeannette said...

Morning Miss Janice! I am a big Delta Burke fan and adore that she is a real woman and admire her because of how she handled her weight gain with style!!! Have you checked out the new Desparate Housewives (Bree may get a new name along with "Prissy!"lol) Yes I can relate to most of these ladies! Even if I'm only a half-prissy!lol Very fun post! Sincerely, Miss Jeannette!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever read! LOL! You have me grinning like the Cheshire Cat, Miss Janice.

I love prisspots. They make life more fun! My mother looked like she stepped out of a bandbox at all times and had the accompanying behavior with a twinkle in her eye. I'm a bit of an unmade bed at times, but being a good Southerner, I can put on the priss when need be! ;-)


Sheila :-)

Annie said...

You know your prissy if you've even been called it in another language. When I was in Venezuela they called me "sifrina." My prissiness translates into Spanish!

Lori said...

Miss Janice
Wonderful incite, yes I am a mid- west priss and can now be proud of it! I've been reading you for sometime and today just had to say darling, I love every droplet of your site! As I host my daughters wedding on November 14, 2009 I will be the hostess with the mostess of priss to all present! They are just jealous aren't they? Hugs, Lori

The Inspired Nest said...

I just found your blog and laughed out loud when I saw this post! Yes Ma'am, I am a priss pot and so proud of it. I don't think a southern womens job is done unless her daughter is undeniably a "priss!" I am very proud that my daughter's nickname is Miss Priss. A southern compliment if I ever heard one!
Thanks for the laugh!

A Dixie Chik said...

What a delightful site! You took me back to the days of Villager, John Romain, Ladybug, and Bass Weejuns. Of course, most of mine came from Rich's, downtown. When I was in college, Wesleyan of course, we used to comment on all the little old ladies ( like my mother) who wore their Ferragamos. What do I wear now....Ferragamos! Plus, my mother recently passed, so I now have 7 sets of fine china, 2 sets of sterling and crystal. Now, why does ANYONE need 7 sets of fine china? Is that not southern and terribly prissy?

A Dixie Chik

Donna said...

Oh my goodness, I love this post which I just reread this evening. Suzanne Sugarbaker was the best prisspot. Growing up in the Midwest, ladies and young girls were referred to as being "very particular" in their manner and they way they dressed. I think I prefer the appellation prissy. Think I'm too old at sixty-six to become prissy?

Red Lipstick said...

This is the cutest post ever. My husband has always called me prissy, going back to when we were dating. I've always found it endearing! I'm so glad to 'meet' some other wonderful prissy ladies here online.


Red Lipstick said...

This is the cutest post ever. My husband has always called me prissy, going back to when we were dating. I've always found it endearing! I'm so glad to 'meet' some other wonderful prissy ladies here online.


Nessie said...

I love your hair on that photo. It really suits you to have some hair falling closer to your face.

Ali said...

What a beautiful photo of you . I'm so glad being prissy isn't the bad thing some folks think it is.

Ali x