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7/12/12 11:06 A

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Very interesting discussion.

I live in the south, well, the south part of Canada emoticon , but I work with a lot of people from the northern regions, and we've had a lot of fun confirming and debunking each other's stereotypes.

My northern colleagues were pleasantly surprised to find that I'm not snobby or slick, don't think ill of them for being from the north, and am perfectly happy to spend an evening in the local beer 'n' bowl rather than a fancy club.

They had it completely on the nose, though, about my inability to deal with a REAL winter. Got off the plane wearing a parka so new that it still squeaked and a pair of high heeled leather boots, and was met with gales of laughter at my choice of "winter gear".

And not a lumberjack or trapper in the lot. (Not that I expected it, that's just the stereotype.)


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7/12/12 10:24 A

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lol get-n-happy, I like your rant.

I am trying to stop doing this, because let me face it, I am a Southerner - I grew up in the South, and that's very hard for me to say without making a face.

I have always had stereotypes of southerners, mostly from my Northern parents. But I have to tell me parents, "I'm a Southern, and this is where you had me, and this is where I grew up." They made fun of the boyfriends I dated in school, but again, "You moved me out to the country, what did you think I was going to bring home?"

I have the same typical stereotypes, uneducated, harsh accent, religious, racist, drive trucks everywhere when gas is almost $4 a gallon, etc. However, I KNOW I need to stop. It really hit me that I am Southern when I went to visit my family from MARYLAND, just across the Mason-Dixon line, and my cousin was making fun of Virginians, i.e. my family, for all those things.

So, I'm getting better at not calling people a redneck in a derogatory sense, and not judging people just because they're from the South.

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7/12/12 1:38 A

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I can only speak for myself, but I believe that the majority of people in this area will agree with me.
I have no problem with Northerners. I have seen a large migration of Northerners to this area lately. Because of the mild Winters,beautiful country,lower cost of living,and slower pace,many choose to retire here. And they are welcome.
It does offend me when they act like they expected everyone raised here to be uneducated,backward,barefoot,cross burners that hang Rebel Flags in our windows.
And It irritates the hell out of me when Northerners transplant here and then continuously talk about how they did things up North, and how they do it better there,and how we need to do things the way they do it up North. I ask," If things are so great up North, why did you come here.
I do snicker at them when they want to build their home so far up the side of a mountain that they need a 4X4 to get to it when the weather is good,( Any dumbass hillbilly knows better than that. Lol !) and then when Winter and ice come ,cry because they couldn't get down the mountain for days. Or they are surprised when after a good rain their front yard becomes the neighbor below new back yard. Bless there heart. Lol !
I do not like it when they scalp the mountain top by clear cutting acres and acres to make room for condos and gated communities. Not only does it ruin the view it increases the chances of mud and rock slides, and flash flooding.

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7/10/12 1:57 P

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I was born in Atlanta and have never lived outside of GA. We have moved around the state a lot. From what I've seen, the Atlanta area is a melting pot. As you move out from the city, you get more southern (extreme south or extreme north GA). Everyone in my family has a pretty thick accent. I don't. I never say y'all (actually cannot stand that term!).

I did have a southern accent as a child, but as I got older I was teased about it. And people tend to think you are dumb when you have a southern accent (add blue eyes and blond hair and they REALLY think you are dumb). So I lost the accent (most people guess I'm from CA). I'm not changing my hair or eye color.

I will admit that having people think you are stupid can come in handy. And I've played that card a time or two.

as far as Yankees...to the UK we are ALL yankees!

I have definitely seen the difference in hospitality north vs. south. I traveled a lot with my previous employer, and worked locally with people from all over North America. Dealt with exhibitors from all over the world. The rudest people I've ever met seemed to be from Chicago. Not saying all people from Chicago are rude, but the biggest buttheads I dealt with were. NYC was a close second.

Midwesterners seem very hospitable.

I will say that at my last job I was director of customer service. There were 3 people in my dept who received the most complaints: one from Boston, one from MI, one from OH. The rest of the crew was from the southeast. Probably 90 - 95% of the complaints were about those 3 (out of about 20 people).



of course, southerners can get away with some major insults by saying "bless your heart"
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all the Canadians I've met have been very nice. I do get a kick out of the speech patterns. Our last auditor was Canadian. He introduced himself and after about 3 minutes I asked him if he was from Canada. He couldn't figure out how I knew, because he's been living in GA for over 10 years. No 'aboot' or 'eh'...it was something about the cadence that was obvious to me.

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7/10/12 3:30 A

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Western North Carolina Foot Hills. American by birth,Southern by the grace of God. Lol !
Sweet tea.....The wine of the south.

Pops is from Ohio. He says he is not a Yanke, he is Northern Folk.

The Northern Southern is important to me only because it is part of my heritage. I also enjoy the mild Winters in the South







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I'm as north as you can get without leaving the country. No body cares about the civil war up here until history class rolls around, I mean it's interesting and all but geeze, already! I spent a lot of time down south in Tennessee and Kentucky. For many people there the war was last Tuesday, especially the senior citizens. Some just didn't like me cause I was a Yankee. Made me appreciate what blacks go through up here with racism. I guess those confederates are sore losers.
Love the southern girls big time and as a percentage, people are just nicer in the south than in the north. Maybe more culture and old school manners was passed down. They do ruin that tea with all that sugar though ya all!


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7/9/12 6:25 P

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Canada....don't forget Alaska, we count as northerners too!

LOL

We can start our day below freezing, hit 60's by 3 and back to 34 by midnight. Most locals call anyone from anywhere else (the outsiders) and we think most talk way to fast. I train with a sweet little Japanese man and have the hardest time understanding him, not because of his (strong) accent but because he talks so dang fast.

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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Some great stories here.

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I thought we Canadians were the only true northerners? LOL emoticon

But I do remember my first trip to Texas. One night at dinner the special was chicken fried chicken. We asked the waitress what chicken fried chicken was, and she said it was just like chicken fried steak except it was chicken. So, we asked her what chicken fried steak was. She got this strange look on her face and asked, "Where y'all from?"

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I'm a Maryland boy, during the civil war our families were split. You may have to explain the North vs. South thing. Is the war still going on?

I am aware that New Englanders "pak de cah in de yad and wheh de shots in de gaden". They ship the R's down south where they warsh their clothes in the warsher.


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7/9/12 4:35 P

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Bear - That is funny. I love hushpuppies. When I read Picacho Peak, I can only think of Pikachu. :)

Even though I'm technically Southern, I haven't tried, or don't like, a lot of Southern food. I have never eaten grits, hoppin' john, any sort of cooked greens except spinach, boiled peanuts, or pecan pie.

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Yeah, I forgot to mention that when I ordered grits I asked for Splenda to go with it, I swear, all time stopped in the restaurant and everyone was looking at me, you'd've thought I ask the waitress to show me her boobs!

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It's so funny. I love how geological differences play into our culture. I'm from Virginia, but my mom is from Pennsylvania, and my dad is from New York, so I don't sound or talk Southern. Many people guess that I'm from PA. However, my husband is also from here and he speaks real slow and definitely with an accent. But his mom was from Florida, and his dad was also from NY. I told him last night there are certain words that when he says them, he sounds like he's from Mobile, Alabama, hahaha.

I can do a great impression of a Southern accent and certainly I do sound Southern with certain phrases, and I use "ya'll." When I went to NM in May, I also was irritated that in the morning and in the evening you had to be bundled up, but in the middle of the day, you had to wear nothing because it was so hot. I can't do that. My temperature has to be somewhat consistent. I also found that New Mexicans had a distinct accent, which I had not really considered before. And no sweet tea - you ask for tea, you got tea, no sugar added. Better for your health, yes, but as a Southerner that's blasphemy!

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My gf & i recently went to Williamsburgh, VA and no, it's not the deep south but I can't tell you how many times I was asked to repeat myself whenever we were eating at locally owned restaurants (I can go to Applebee's and TGIFridays back home). So I asked one of the waitresses that I felt I could ask a personal question; did you ask me to repeat myself because I have a difficult dialect to understand. She sweetly replied and put her hand gently on my shoulder and said, "No, Sweetie, you just talk too fast."

"SERIOUSLY!", I thought to myself.

Well, Gooooooolly, Goober, I had no idea I talked so fast. LOL!

When I was in the army I was stationed at Ft. Ord, CA and it took about a year before I realized that the weather there NEVER F'ING CHANGES!!!! And when it does it does it got COLDER during the summer months,.....
o_O!?

300 days out of the year it was clear & sunny with a cool breeze and hovered around 72 degress, it drove me NUTS!!!! I would wake up in the morning freezing and then had yto shed the coat by noon only to have to put it back on around sunset.

An Army buddy of mine from So. Carolina once said to a few of us North-Easterners, "Ya'll ever really know that your Civil War was really called The War of Northern Aggression?"

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7/9/12 1:19 P

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Okay, I'm not trying to make any political statement here, I just really want to know what people think about the whole Northerner versus Southerner thing, especially people Westerners.

Are Westerners aware of North vs South thing? What do they know about it? Do they even care?

I mean, I don't care a whole lot, but I think it's interesting to see where in the US one lives and how it affects social construct. Are there any West Coast things that the East Coast doesn't really pay attention to?

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