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Old 12-08-2010, 10:19 AM
 
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doctorjef wrote:
I don't think that merely driving on Rt 13 is an adequate way of determining what region a state is in
Adequate or not in your opinion, it IS the basis of my perception. It is all that I have to go on.

 
Old 12-08-2010, 05:50 PM
 
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Y'all is coming into prominence now much more due to the prevalence of AAVE. I personally love "hon." I think people should use it more... such a nice way to greet someone. Guess I'm southern as fried chicken.
 
Old 12-08-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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"Y'all" is part of our language here in Kent & Sussex Counties. Good, hot grits are served in many Kent and Sussex restaurants, and there are no "servers". They call themselves "waitresses", and yes.....everybody is "hon" or "sweetie". Lots of times, "fun" is going to hear a good country band, or pumpkin chunkin', and our vacations are always south to Nashville, Memphis, or Mississippi, never north. We are, what we are, and are not easily impressed
 
Old 12-09-2010, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have a cousin who moved to Dover in '98, he was born and raised right here in Alabama just like me, and used to have a thick accent just like me. Now when I talk to him he sounds pure yankee. I talked to him on the phone a few months ago and he was talking about stopping by the "wawa", I was like "wtf is a wawa?". LOL
 
Old 12-09-2010, 08:57 AM
 
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Wawa is for sure one thing I am going to miss after our move. but is it a pure 'yankee' thing ?

Wawa

at least they call me 'hon' there
 
Old 12-09-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I live in Connecticut, and YES, Delaware IS the south. Not nearly as southern as the deep south, but compared to New England, it's the south for sure. More fat people, more fast food chains everywhere, accents, etc. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau considers DE to be in the South. It is the northernmost state in the South.
 
Old 12-09-2010, 10:28 AM
 
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I live in Connecticut, and YES, Delaware IS the south. Not nearly as southern as the deep south, but compared to New England, it's the south for sure. More fat people, more fast food chains everywhere, accents, etc. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau considers DE to be in the South. It is the northernmost state in the South.
I am speaking only of the data that is contained in this message.

This data is insulting, illogical and incorrect.

Fattest? Mississippi is the winner. Delaware is #20.

Fattest States 2010: CalorieLab's Annual Obesity Map - State Obesity Rankings

Most fast food chains? Kansas, followed by Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon and Virginia. Delaware is somewhere in the middle. I didn't bother doing the math.

Accents? I have yet hear of anyone from Delaware paaaking the caaar in the yaaard!

Compared to New England? Sure. So is Brooklyn! Is that the south too?

Ridiculous!
 
Old 12-09-2010, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Well, for fat people you can't beat the porkers roaming Center City Philadelphia -- which isn't in the South by anyone's definition. But yes, the native Delaware accent doesn't seem to me to be typically Yankee, at least in the younger generations. It may be that some geriatrics of immigrant parentage have some other kind of accent that is more akin to Philly. IME most people here who have a pronounced accent are migrants from PA, North Jersey or Long Island.
 
Old 12-09-2010, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Delaware
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I live in Connecticut, and YES, Delaware IS the south. Not nearly as southern as the deep south, but compared to New England, it's the south for sure. More fat people, more fast food chains everywhere, accents, etc. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau considers DE to be in the South. It is the northernmost state in the South.
nep321 - You better look around New England before you think only the South has overweight people! I live in Maine (also a New England state) and obesity is rampant here. Young grade school children huffing and puffing along the sidewalk. Yes, DE is "south" of New England, most of the U.S. is - that does not make it southern. Growing up in PA, we were taught in school that DE was a northern state. If your criteria for "southerness" is fat, well, like I said, you better look at your own state!
 
Old 12-09-2010, 11:19 AM
 
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Obesity is a rampant dis-ease everywhere in the USA. It is certainly not limited to ANY region of the country. Even in my home state of Colorado which just about always ranks in the top 5 fittest states, there is an abundance of grossly overweight people.
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