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View Poll Results: Is Southern the same as country
Yes - the two are synonymous and all country people are Southern, too 14 17.95%
No - they can exist independently of each other in any region 64 82.05%
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:38 PM
 
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I feel like people use the terms interchangeably. If someone is Southern, they are automatically country, and if someone is country, they are automatically Southern. Why do people think this? It's like they think that country people must talk like Southerners, and that city people from the South are just like rural farmers. Where did this originate, and why?
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Old 11-12-2014, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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All you have to do is take a trip from the Poconos to Atlanta to bust the myth that Southern = country.
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:09 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I feel like people use the terms interchangeably. If someone is Southern, they are automatically country, and if someone is country, they are automatically Southern. Why do people think this? It's like they think that country people must talk like Southerners, and that city people from the South are just like rural farmers. Where did this originate, and why?
Basically, a farming-based economy is one of the traditional hallmarks of the southern U.S. (as opposed to the industrial north).

But of course, that doesn't mean that are rural farming areas are southern.
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:31 PM
 
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Basically, a farming-based economy is one of the traditional hallmarks of the southern U.S. (as opposed to the industrial north).

But of course, that doesn't mean that are rural farming areas are southern.
...and also the Midwest?

You can go to rural South Dakota or Minnesota where it is -4 F in January and nobody there is speaking with a Southern accent whatsoever or drinking sweet tea or eating grits in the morning (or ever).
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Old 11-12-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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A lot of people are ignorant. Some only believe what they see on TV and really don't know what is going on in the real world. Ignorance is the real culprit .
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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...and also the Midwest?

You can go to rural South Dakota or Minnesota where it is -4 F in January and nobody there is speaking with a Southern accent whatsoever or drinking sweet tea or eating grits in the morning (or ever).
They are all saying "Ya" and playing accordions and eating lutefisk though.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Well for a few reasons. One, the media has been portraying the South as a country y'all place forever. Two, it's a HUGE region and mostly rural at that. Three, the population is more dispersed among rural areas, whereas in say the Northeast, nearly 35% of the population is clustered in the tri-state NYC area.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Durham
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I think anyone who thinks that Southern = "country" has simply never been to the South and/or tends to believe stereotypes in general. :-)
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:20 PM
 
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They are all saying "Ya" and playing accordions and eating lutefisk though.
Yeah, and all of those traditions are sooooooooooooo (said with a Minnesotan accent) Southern.
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:21 PM
 
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Well for a few reasons. One, the media has been portraying the South as a country y'all place forever. Two, it's a HUGE region and mostly rural at that. Three, the population is more dispersed among rural areas, whereas in say the Northeast, nearly 35% of the population is clustered in the tri-state NYC area.
Again, you are describing other regions when you say this. The Midwest and the inland West are exactly the same.
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