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Old 05-23-2008, 10:29 AM
 
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very true.. Join us for a drink. It's Friday, we shouldn't care until Monday comes back around.

 
Old 05-23-2008, 10:37 AM
 
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As a former northerner from a trashy-acting, lower income family I think I can help out here.

As northerners in general tend to be more "in touch" with their ethnic backgrounds, you are more likely to hear the trashier acting ones referred to by their appropriate ethnic slur. I will not repeat any of them here, but my particular background has a number of ethnic stereotypes associated with it, all of which were true for my family, and led me to be personally referred to as a greasy ___, throughout most of my years in the north.

I hope that helps.
True, but also use of the term poor white trash predated redneck, at least in the part of Michigan that I grew up in. You did not have to act trashy to be classified that way. Being poor & white were the only qualifications. That might explain some of the blurring of lines, in some people's minds.
 
Old 05-23-2008, 10:42 AM
 
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As a former northerner from a trashy-acting, lower income family I think I can help out here.

As northerners in general tend to be more "in touch" with their ethnic backgrounds, you are more likely to hear the trashier acting ones referred to by their appropriate ethnic slur. I will not repeat any of them here, but my particular background has a number of ethnic stereotypes associated with it, all of which were true for my family, and led me to be personally referred to as a greasy ___, throughout most of my years in the north.

I hope that helps.
Well, then, you ought to feel right at home here w/ us Southerners, LOL!!!

LAMF - as Vin said . . . join us for a drink. Cheers to all rednecks and white trash, be they from anywhere in the USA!!!!!!
 
Old 05-23-2008, 10:43 AM
 
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True, but also use of the term poor white trash predated redneck, at least in the part of Michigan that I grew up in. You did not have to act trashy to be classified that way. Being poor & white were the only qualifications. That might explain some of the blurring of lines, in some people's minds.
I am saving a Bloody Mary for you, too, SB!!!!
 
Old 05-23-2008, 10:57 AM
 
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Well I'll join you all (yous or yall or y'all or whatever) for a drink, but only if it comes wrapped in a brown paper bag and we can drink it on a stoop.
 
Old 05-23-2008, 10:58 AM
 
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Well I'll join you all (yous or yall or y'all or whatever) for a drink, but only if it comes wrapped in a brown paper bag and we can drink it on a stoop.
The stoop w/ the old washing machine and three dogs lying nearby?
 
Old 05-23-2008, 11:00 AM
 
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True, but also use of the term poor white trash predated redneck, at least in the part of Michigan that I grew up in. You did not have to act trashy to be classified that way. Being poor & white were the only qualifications. That might explain some of the blurring of lines, in some people's minds.
I like Poor (often pronounced "po" by other ethnicities) white trash better. It isn't so exclusionary. It is nice to be able to carry such a title and not have to worry about qualifying with the appropriate rural background thing. As a matter of fact, I feel like I live around elitist here on the Redneck Riviera of nowthwest Florida. We call Moonshine "Everclear". Thanks for your input.
 
Old 05-23-2008, 11:02 AM
 
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Po' white trash. Lots of good literature espouses the po' white trash theme . . . much more fun - as a stereotype - than "redneck."
 
Old 05-23-2008, 11:04 AM
 
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The stoop w/ the old washing machine and three dogs lying nearby?
True story ... the bar down the street from where I grew up used to sell beer by the bucket. I am not talking about bottles of beer in a bucket of ice, I am talking about beer ... in a bucket. My grandfather used to spend his entire day sitting out on the stoop with a plastic cup, scooping beer up out of the bucket until it was empty, at which point he would send the kids out for a refill.

No washing machine or dogs. There was a bum who we used to pay a dollar to to do backflips though. Guy was talented ... could have been in a circus I guess.
 
Old 05-23-2008, 11:19 AM
 
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True story ... the bar down the street from where I grew up used to sell beer by the bucket. I am not talking about bottles of beer in a bucket of ice, I am talking about beer ... in a bucket. My grandfather used to spend his entire day sitting out on the stoop with a plastic cup, scooping beer up out of the bucket until it was empty, at which point he would send the kids out for a refill.

No washing machine or dogs. There was a bum who we used to pay a dollar to to do backflips though. Guy was talented ... could have been in a circus I guess.
God, what a great story!

Hope ya'll are enjoying your Bloody Marys as much as I am enjoying mine! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! And here's to our ancestors, be they po' white trash, rednecks or something in between . . .

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