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Old 08-29-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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The only place in the South that I could see myself living in is maybe New Orleans, Florida or the upper South such as VA, MD and DE.

What about Oklahoma City? It's a perfect metro size for me and not overly crowded. Is it like Texas though?
You'll just have to go check it out yourself to see if you like it. Your "criteria" is so weird I don't know what you'll like or dislike.

But you will hear "y'all" in OKC for sure. And in Virginia. And in New Orleans. And in Florida.

Good luck.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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You'll just have to go check it out yourself to see if you like it. Your "criteria" is so weird I don't know what you'll like or dislike.

But you will hear "y'all" in OKC for sure. And in Virginia. And in New Orleans. And in Florida.

Good luck.
And like I said earlier, you'll even hear "y'all" in the big West Coast metros. Hell, even growing up in Houston I heard pretty much equal, 50-50 usage of both "y'all" and "you guys". And that was back in the 70's and 80's. This isn't the 50's. These regional dialects tend to blend all over the country in post-millennial America. I guess Connecticut is different.
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Old 08-29-2014, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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And like I said earlier, you'll even hear "y'all" in the big West Coast metros. Hell, even growing up in Houston I heard pretty much equal, 50-50 usage of both "y'all" and "you guys". And that was back in the 70's and 80's. This isn't the 50's. These regional dialects tend to blend all over the country in post-millennial America. I guess Connecticut is different.
LOL I even say them both, "Y'all" and "You guys." They're pretty interchangeable to me. For the life of me I can't see what the big deal is.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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LOL I even say them both, "Y'all" and "You guys." They're pretty interchangeable to me. For the life of me I can't see what the big deal is.
Well like I said, it's a word that's never used in New England. Ever. So to people like me, it's a culture shock thing. To me, it sounds like improper English. Similar to the word "ain't."
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:43 PM
 
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Well like I said, it's a word that's never used in New England. Ever. So to people like me, it's a culture shock thing. To me, it sounds like improper English. Similar to the word "ain't."
Then there's your solution. Just stay in New England. Sounds like you guys/y'all have a lockdown on local dialect, and we wouldn't want your world to be shattered by experiencing anything that deviates from those old traditions. Diversity BAD! Monotony and provinicialism GOOD!
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Then there's your solution. Just stay in New England. Sounds like you guys/y'all have a lockdown on local dialect, and we wouldn't want your world to be shattered by experiencing anything that deviates from those old traditions. Diversity BAD! Monotony and provinicialism GOOD!
Sometimes provincialism is a GOOD thing. What's wrong with preserving a distinct culture? I think diversity is stupid, to be honest. That's why most areas in the country are losing their uniqueness and actually becoming MORE monotonous than ever, if anything. Eventually, the whole country is going to be homogenously cultured and boring.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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I like provincialism. What's wrong with preserving a distinct culture? I think diversity is stupid, to be honest. That's why most areas in the country are losing their uniqueness and actually becoming MORE monotonous than ever, if anything.
Well, there you have it. "Y'all" is part of a distinct culture - the southern culture.

By the way, "y'all" is a CONTRACTION of two words - "you all." Like "didn't" is a contraction of "did not" and "won't" is a contraction of "will not" (now THAT'S a stretch!) and as you used above, "that's" a contraction of "that is." It's not grammatically incorrect at all.

Now - "youse guys" - THAT'S a weird one. But it's certainly not enough to make me eschew an entire region.

But back to diversity vs "preserving a distinct culture." Here in the south, we like using the grammatically correct word "y'all." So please - please. If you're so against it, please stay where you are and allow us to continue to preserve our distinct culture.
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Old 08-29-2014, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I like provincialism. What's wrong with preserving a distinct culture? I think diversity is stupid, to be honest. That's why most areas in the country are losing their uniqueness and actually becoming MORE monotonous than ever, if anything.
And there you have it folks, in bold type. That's really all you needed to say, Nep.

Here's the thing though. MOST people feel the exact opposite way about provincialism vs. diversity. Diversity is what made this country great in the first place. If you would rather live somewhere where everybody looks, thinks, talks, and dresses just like you, then that's your choice. Just as long as you realize that's really not what most Americans want. I'm not making an argument for any state or region as being "better than" or "worse than" the other. That all comes down to personal preference. And obviously your preference is stodgy, stuffy, stagnant provincialism. Life in a bubble.

So, in other words, I wouldn't move anywhere if I were you. Especially not to a big, diverse city. It's gotta be rough for you living so close to a huge melting pot like NYC.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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And there you have it folks, in bold type. That's really all you needed to say, Nep.

Here's the thing though. MOST people feel the exact opposite way about provincialism vs. diversity. Diversity is what made this country great in the first place. If you would rather live somewhere where everybody looks, thinks, talks, and dresses just like you, then that's your choice. Just as long as you realize that's really not what most Americans want. I'm not making an argument for any state or region as being "better than" or "worse than" the other. That all comes down to personal preference. And obviously your preference is stodgy, stuffy, stagnant provincialism. Life in a bubble.

So, in other words, I wouldn't move anywhere if I were you. Especially not to a big, diverse city. It's gotta be rough for you living so close to a huge melting pot like NYC.
You blew it out of proportion. Let me say it differently.

I like it when places have a distinct culture/style that is unique. For example, Boston is very unique. And Charleston is very unique. And New Orleans. Etc.

I want some diversity as well. But if EVERY city in the country simply became melting pots of culture, what will they look like in 50 years from now? They'll all be indistinguishable, which is sad IMO.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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You blew it out of proportion. Let me say it differently.

I like it when places have a distinct culture/style that is unique. For example, Boston is very unique. And Charleston is very unique. And New Orleans. Etc.

I want some diversity as well. But if EVERY city in the country simply became melting pots of culture, what will they look like in 50 years from now? They'll all be indistinguishable, which is sad IMO.
You SAY you don't mind diversity or differences, but then you talk about being afraid to move outside of CT due to culture shock, and you say you can't stand the idea of living anywhere where people say "y'all." Maybe you don't mind diversity...as long as it's far away from you.

Have you been to Charleston (I'm assuming you mean SC, not WV or some other Charleston) and/or New Orleans? If so...how could you bear all that y'all'in'?

My gosh, I hate to think what your reaction would be if someone said, "ALL y'all come on in for supper."
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