In Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird, when Jem says "It's (snow) beautiful," Miss Maudie answers, "Beautiful my hind foot!" What does she mean by this?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Jem and Scout had never seen snow before, so the unseasonable climate change in Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird was a first-time experience for the children. School was canceled, and Jem and Scout decided to build their first snowman--provided there was enough snow. Miss Maudie is not happy about the snow, however. Her greatest love is gardening, and she knows her flowers will probably freeze because of the cold weather.

"Beautiful my hind foot! If it freezes tonight, it'll carry off all my azaleas."

Maudie busied herself covering the azaleas in burlap bags, which puzzled Jem, but she told him that it was the only way of possibly saving them.

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gulfish | (Level 1) Honors

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Well, my question was about just that phrase "beautiful my hind foot!", which I believe is one of the southern dialects, regional expression. Miss Maudie said it in response to Jem's comment "It's (snow) beautiful, ain't it?".  Do you know what this expression mean?