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Old 04-24-2008, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I know that was a positive comment, but many people think the quality of life was just fine here to begin with. I certainly have never heard my grandparents complain about the way things were, they always talk about the "good ole days". The south may be rising economically, but it's going downhill in many other ways.
I guess that post was a rant. Just ignore me today.
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:23 PM
 
Location: The South
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I didnt put it in here to be a slap, I did it for fun. It is harmless fun.
It seems that most of these so called tests(How to tell if you are a redneck,etc) end up equating redneck to Southern. This thread will probably go that way also.
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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I guess that post was a rant. Just ignore me today.
'Quality of life' can also refer to sobriety, better health, etc.

BTW: I have some 'Redneck' in my personality, shall we say
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Old 04-24-2008, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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It seems that most of these so called tests(How to tell if you are a redneck,etc) end up equating redneck to Southern. This thread will probably go that way also.
Oh no, I have distant relatives who live in southern Missouri and they are WAY more "redneck" than I am. I also know of some people in southern Indiana that have a rebel flag in their yard. Not sure what it means to a Hoosier(?), but more power to 'em.
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Old 04-24-2008, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Albany, GA (Hell's Waiting Room)
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Y'all need to read Michael Graham's Redneck Nation. It's disconcerting to read how much he, as a southerner, hates the south. But it's also bitterly amusing to see how much redder necks have gotten, ALL OVER THE U.S.

I think a lot of people outside the south have decided that while it's no longer cool to hate minorities (and truly it never was okay or cool, anytime/anywhere), it's still fashionable and cool to hate southerners, especially white southerners, and bonus points if they're churchgoers, or male/military. Having these targets allows northerners/coast-dwellers to feel smugly superior to SOMEONE.

Now, does this apply to each and every non-southerner? Of course not. I just think it's funny that the rest of the country often leaps to a self-satisfied, bigoted conclusion about how...self-satisfied and bigoted we southerners ALL supposedly are.

Last edited by FlourChild; 04-24-2008 at 06:38 PM.. Reason: adding a word
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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60% Dixie. Barely in Dixie and 44% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom.

Right now, I live in suburban Philly but we're moving to Joisey. I teach high school students and I've been asked if I'm really from Alabama.
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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And, I now refer to the beach as the shore. My father is so ashamed.
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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60% Dixie. Barely in Dixie and 44% Dixie. Barely in Yankeedom.

Right now, I live in suburban Philly but we're moving to Joisey. I teach high school students and I've been asked if I'm really from Alabama.
I have heard someone say before "halfway between Pittsburgh and Philly is Alabama".
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Memphis, TN area
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Well, I scored 35% Dixie on the first test and 14% Dixie on the second test - says I'm the Duke of Yankeedom. LOL. Yup, I'm a northeasterner. Not a Yankee. Yankees are overpaid athletes who play baseball in the Bronx. This Red Sox fan refuses to be called a Yankee.

That question on the rolling up bugs had me stumped. Evidently, there must not be any in Maine because I should have answered none of the above.

However, I was right on about the sandwiches. We call them Italian sandwiches in Maine (Bostonians also call them Italians).

Been in the south for five years. Every time I come back to Memphis from a trip to Maine, I definitely sound like a Mainer. We don't like using Rs at the end of words and put them on words that don't actually have Rs at the end. Go figure.
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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Only did the first test. LOL "29% Dixie. You are a Yankee Doodle". What can I say I've never had the joy or pleasure of getting down south. I love the accents though.
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