- Usually used to describe, in a geographical sense, where a person is originally from.
The exact definition of Southern is up for debate.
Someone from the very north of England is likely to consider anyone who lives south of Yorkshire to be a southerner.
- The term can also be used to insult and stereotype a person who is from the south. Other common insults include southern fairy, soft southerner, southern pansy and posh southerner. These insults essentially mean the same as one another. The term southern is particularly useful in insulting people who are soft, posh, unable to drink alcohol without falling over/vomiting and who need to wear a coat when the weather is a bit nippy.
Southern is commonly used as an adjective to describe the attributes held by someone from the south. The term is usually directed by someone from the north to someone from the south.