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11/13/2006 09:15:07 PM · #1
Thank you for the recent threads dealing with obscure words & phrases. This certainly helps me to bridge the gap of understanding between cultures & even subcultures.

I have just added my own little Southernism (i.e. the U.S. "South"... Southeast, actually, according to the map.) This is intended as humor by attempting to be funny at my own expense as a Southerner, even though "dyed in the wool" Southerners don't consider me Southern because I was born in Texas. (I know! Go figure! It's just the rules! A U.S. "Southerner" [as I have been told] is someone born in the real estate that begins at coastal Mississippi and follows the U.S. coast up to Virginia and maybe Maryland because of the Mason-Dixon Line at the base of Pennsylvania.) That is all except Florida. Yes, I spent most of my teens in the Florida Panhandle (also called LA [Lower Alabama] and the Redneck Riviera.) Yet, much to my dismay...none of that qualifies.

The quote I've most often heard is "You're from Florida? That's not the South!" As I understand Florida is some sort of Northern Annex because of all the "snowbirds"...at least in the mind of a Southerner. Hyere NOW! ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/50034/thumb/396624.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/50034/thumb/396624.jpg', '/') + 1) . '

Let me add another nonsense phrase that is all too true in Florida. "In Florida the more south you go the more North you get, and the more north you go the more south you get."

My apologies to all citizens of the land of DPC who have not actually visited the U.S. to understand all our uniquenesses & proclivities. :0 Here's a little hint to understand the subject question...A farmer in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Virginia & Mississippi in the early 1900's would have understood quite well all the usages of the word CAN. Enjoy! It's just funny! :)

Message edited by author 2006-11-13 21:29:51.
11/13/2006 09:18:18 PM · #2
Oh yeah, I lived in Florida for a year after I first graduated from college, and I very quickly discovered that anything outside of the vacation hotspots and metro areas (Orlando, Miami, Key West, Pensacola, Tampa) is quite southern.
11/13/2006 09:20:39 PM · #3
Last time I was in Georgia I got carded buying smokes, guy asks "Minn-e-soda huh? First time to the States?
11/13/2006 09:23:51 PM · #4
Nope you may be a redneck but that does not qualify you as a southerner. For instance OCC guys are rednecks from NewYork. But to be southern you must be from the deep south. IE Not Florida"Made up of winter birds and no sweet tea" And Texas "well they still think Texas is a Country" So your left with Alabama, Mississippi Georgia, and Tennessee and the Carolinas. Virginia and Kentucky Don't count either. They speak funny..
11/13/2006 09:24:05 PM · #5
LOL I live in North Florida, which is very southern, but spent most of my life in Atlanta, which is considered the "Yankee" part of Georgia and to make it worse, I was born and learned to talk in St. Louis so even with my 30 years of living in the South people still say "you're not from 'round here, are ya?"
11/13/2006 09:25:21 PM · #6
At least we understand sugar melts better in Hot Tea than cold tea!!!

Originally posted by MQuinn:

Last time I was in Georgia I got carded buying smokes, guy asks "Minn-e-soda huh? First time to the States?
11/13/2006 09:35:59 PM · #7
Originally posted by coronamv:

At least we understand sugar melts better in Hot Tea than cold tea!!!

Originally posted by MQuinn:

Last time I was in Georgia I got carded buying smokes, guy asks "Minn-e-soda huh? First time to the States?


Now there's a trick to that! We steep our tea in scalding hot water, let 'er cool down awhile, an' get 'er servin' ready in the frigeator! :}
11/13/2006 09:37:45 PM · #8
Florida is southern Ohio. And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.
11/13/2006 09:40:04 PM · #9
Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Florida is southern Ohio. And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.


Butter & salt!
11/13/2006 09:45:32 PM · #10
Originally posted by MQuinn:

Last time I was in Georgia I got carded buying smokes, guy asks "Minn-e-soda huh? First time to the States?


Hehe... one time during a roadtrip to Memphis, a gas clerk asked my crew where we were from and the driver told him, "Chicago," which was mostly true. Then the brilliant clerk let us know that he had a cousin in Chicago and we probably know him. Someone very gently told him, "Well, Chicago is kinda big..."
11/13/2006 09:46:21 PM · #11
Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Florida is southern Ohio. And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.


Butter & salt!
I like mine with honey and pepper
11/13/2006 09:46:57 PM · #12
Originally posted by MQuinn:

Last time I was in Georgia I got carded buying smokes, guy asks "Minn-e-soda huh? First time to the States?


O, Friend, my deepest condolences, but I must admit I howled when you wrote your line. That's GOLD! I am very familiar with that line of thinking!

When the truth gets out, it will be known that many Georgia residents don't claim Atlanta as part of the United States, especially when the state government began to mess around with some rather sacred Southern icons,...but...that's as far as I'm willing to hop down that little rabbit trail! :}

I want to hear more funny experiences! This is hilarious! I would also love for somebody to define my two Southernisms just to be sure we're on the same page for communication purposes. Thanks! :)
11/13/2006 09:47:35 PM · #13
Originally posted by coronamv:

So your left with Alabama, Mississippi Georgia, and Tennessee


Anything north of Birmingham or Atlanta.. is out :-)

Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by cryingdragon:

And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.


Butter & salt!


That's what I'm talkin' about! Mix in your eggs and you're really talkin'.
11/13/2006 09:47:40 PM · #14
Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Florida is southern Ohio. And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.


Butter & salt!
I like mine with honey and pepper


I like mine to not be on my plate or anywhere near my mouth. Yuck! lol. I've lived in the south for 14 years but I guess maybe my massachusetts side still shines through.
11/13/2006 09:49:34 PM · #15
Ooooooh did I see a glimpse of a state flag debate? ;)
11/13/2006 09:56:07 PM · #16
Grits?? What the heck are grits??? <ducks for cover>
11/13/2006 10:04:10 PM · #17
Originally posted by jaded_youth:

Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by cryingdragon:

Florida is southern Ohio. And another way to know a southerner is how he/she eats grits.


Butter & salt!
I like mine with honey and pepper


I like mine to not be on my plate or anywhere near my mouth. Yuck! lol. I've lived in the south for 14 years but I guess maybe my massachusetts side still shines through.


Have no fear, Little Lady! This is one Quasi-Southern (of course, Just pronounce it Crazy Southerner, and I'll answer to that, too) who can't stand grits..."in the raw." "Butter & salt?" Do-able! "Mixed in with a little syrup on your pancake plate?" Also, Do-able!

However, if you want to "go to the head of the class", the top of the mountain, the summum bonum, the Pez de resistance (world's finest candy), I mean the top of the line finest grits on the face of God's green Earth, then you simply MUST try Cheese Grits on a plate of Deep-Fried Channel Catfish.

It'll make a Southern Gentleman say, "Thanks, Honey, but we better not! I don't think we can top that one!" :}
11/13/2006 10:05:22 PM · #18
Originally posted by jaded_youth:


I like mine to not be on my plate or anywhere near my mouth. Yuck! lol. I've lived in the south for 14 years but I guess maybe my massachusetts side still shines through.


I bet you prefer Cream of Wheat :-P
11/13/2006 10:13:42 PM · #19
Originally posted by Sunniee:

Grits?? What the heck are grits??? <ducks for cover>


Not to worry! Grits would be considered a truly provincial delicacy. It's an acquired taste. My best attempt at describing grits would be something of a cross between tapioca & American-style rice (because even though I love Chinese-style rice, that is too soft & gummy for this description.)

Also, don't make the mistake of visiting Georgia & acting like a "ferner" (i.e. foreigner or someone not born in the South) by asking the waitress for one grit. :}
11/13/2006 10:16:37 PM · #20
You know you're in the South when you're served beer at a weddin' and the groom has most of his teeth, and the bride is wearing her prom dress - from 2 months ago.
11/13/2006 10:19:58 PM · #21
Originally posted by 777STAN:


Also, don't make the mistake of visiting Georgia & acting like a "ferner" (i.e. foreigner or someone not born in the South) by asking the waitress for one grit. :}


Hmmm, yeah... then they might say... "Kiss my grits".... LOL
11/13/2006 10:26:30 PM · #22
Originally posted by Sunniee:

Originally posted by 777STAN:


Also, don't make the mistake of visiting Georgia & acting like a "ferner" (i.e. foreigner or someone not born in the South) by asking the waitress for one grit. :}


Hmmm, yeah... then they might say... "Kiss my grits".... LOL


Nah, we've matured since those days... I think you'd get a "Kiss my a$$" :-P
11/13/2006 10:28:38 PM · #23
LOL...

I have a slight association with the "South"
My sister is a State Trooper in South Carolina... now she's just wierd! <ducks>
11/13/2006 10:29:38 PM · #24
I was born in Myrtle Beach South Carolina but moved to England when i was 2.
I lived there for nearly 30 years before moving to Charleston South Carolina.
I've been here for 8 years now.
I have a total English accent.
Which is good for confusing people when they ask where I'm from and I reply "Myrtle Beach".

I've also had people ask me if I'd met the Queen, knew Princess Diana and even asked if I was French.

Oh yeah, I've numerous people ask if I knew "John Smith" from so and so city in England!
11/13/2006 10:35:16 PM · #25
My oldest daughter is named Tara Savanah

I know that there are more dirt roads in Alabama than paved ones.

Ma'am and Sir are part of every conversation.

We (my family) like Hominy - but not catfish.

My daughters will both attend a Cotillion.

I drive a Jeep.

I know 4 recipes for cornbread.

Edit: And I totally understand the thread title. My grandmother would be insulted if I didn't.

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