U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-06-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
656 posts, read 1,796,489 times
Reputation: 795

Advertisements

It usually depends on where you are at. A lot of the North/South bias is mixed up in the Eastern United States. Most people in the Western United States could care less about whether you are from the northern or southern section of the Eastern United States. In that sense when I'm in the Eastern United States and in the north people do at times make fun of you for being from the south. However now the I live in Southern Nevada no one cares as most people here are from somewhere else anyway. I actually get complimented a lot at work for being polite with people and my boss at work says he likes to hire southerners b/c in general they seem to be more polite and people oriented and that's good for business.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-06-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
368 posts, read 400,868 times
Reputation: 463
Not really part of the deep South, but I'm from Houston. I lived in Phoenix for four years. Sometimes (this happened only a handful of times) when I told people that I was from Houston or Texas, they asked if we ride around on horses. I used to get so offended, often feeling the need to explain that not only do we not ride around on horses in Houston, but that our city was more diverse/cosmpolitan/metropolitan than Phoenix.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
2,343 posts, read 2,760,271 times
Reputation: 2258
Quote:
Originally Posted by SK115 View Post
Not really part of the deep South, but I'm from Houston. I lived in Phoenix for four years. Sometimes (this happened only a handful of times) when I told people that I was from Houston or Texas, they asked if we ride around on horses. I used to get so offended, often feeling the need to explain that not only do we not ride around on horses in Houston, but that our city was more diverse/cosmpolitan/metropolitan than Phoenix.
People from Phoenix of all places asking such stuff? You really have to appreciate the irony in that.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
368 posts, read 400,868 times
Reputation: 463
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bobloblawslawblog View Post
People from Phoenix of all places asking such stuff? You really have to appreciate the irony in that.
It's one of those things I now laugh about. A dental hygienist asked me, "Is Houston like a big farming town? With cows and horses? That is what I imagine when I think of Houston."
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Planet Earth
7,241 posts, read 8,251,038 times
Reputation: 4931
No not yet anyways. A lot of people think I'm from the North actually.

Now I do know people who moved here thinking they were moving into a scene from Deliverance.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
2,343 posts, read 2,760,271 times
Reputation: 2258
Quote:
Originally Posted by SK115 View Post
It's one of those things I now laugh about. A dental hygienist asked me, "Is Houston like a big farming town? With cows and horses? That is what I imagine when I think of Houston."
That is just crazy-ignorant. Way beyond ignorant, actually. How could anybody be that stupid? I also grew up in Houston and lived in Phoenix for many years. I would occasionally hear some really dumb stuff when I lived there, but never anything that unbelievably outer limits. There was this one guy I used to work with who tried to argue that Houston was smaller than Phoenix, but if anybody had ever asked me if Houston was some kind of giant farming town where people rode horses on the streets and herded cattle downtown, I probably would have just laughed so hard that I wouldn't even have the breath to address their stupidity. That's as ludicrous as assuming that everyone who lives in NYC is in the mafia.

I have lived in many different non-Southern parts of the country; Arizona, California, Connecticut, Las Vegas, and now currently live in Washington (state). The one dumb assumption I have heard most frequently is that (as a native Houstonian) we're all wealthy and somehow tied in to the oil industry. Another one I used to get a lot is "Oh, you're from Texas? Why don't you have an accent?". I have the opposite issue that the OP has concerning accents.

I have to say though, of all the different places around this country I have lived, Washington is the only place people have never asked me stupid questions, judged me, or made assumptions about where I'm from. At least not to my face, if at all. I've lived here almost 6 years now, and have yet to hear it. It's quite refreshing.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz
698 posts, read 646,090 times
Reputation: 718
When I hear that heavy accent on the tv, I always change the channel. Figuring they are not really bright people...watching an episode of Duck Dynasty didn't help. But that just cannot be true of course but as humans, we don't realize we are necessarily doing it until something jots our consciousness.

Same thing with watching Storage Wars from Texas, I suspect it's that whole Bible Belt area of the US which seems odd.

I don't know if an accent can be changed but if so maybe practice speaking English a bit clearer. Although it's their loss, not yours.

When I was a kid and we traveled to Canada, and often times even other States, they'd ask me how often I went surfing.

The Ocean is 2 hrs away
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
2,343 posts, read 2,760,271 times
Reputation: 2258
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaGal1 View Post
When I hear that heavy accent on the tv, I always change the channel. Figuring they are not really bright people...watching an episode of Duck Dynasty didn't help. But that just cannot be true of course but as humans, we don't realize we are necessarily doing it until something jots our consciousness.

Same thing with watching Storage Wars from Texas, I suspect it's that whole Bible Belt area of the US which seems odd.
Um, yeah. That's scripted television. The media are the #1 culprits for generating and reinforcing ridiculous negative stereotypes. You do know that in real life, those Duck Dynasty goons are actually wealthy yuppies, right? It's all an act. All those low-brow "reality" shows are either a bunch of scripted, rehearsed bull****, or it's carefully selected, lowest-common-denominator garbage meant to make certain people in a certain area look a certain way for the public image. That's why I quit watching TV about 10 years ago. The media is the biggest part of the problem. Not that the stereotypes didn't exist before, but they have made it much, much worse with all these phony "reality" shows. And it's not just the South either. I mean, look at what that stupid "Jersey Shore" show has done to taint New Jersey's image.

If anyone is basing their opinion of an entire region based on a few crap TV shows, then they need to get out of the house a bit more often.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 04:30 PM
 
Location: The South
5,259 posts, read 3,657,389 times
Reputation: 7968
Quote:
Originally Posted by CaliforniaGal1 View Post
When I hear that heavy accent on the tv, I always change the channel. Figuring they are not really bright people...watching an episode of Duck Dynasty didn't help. But that just cannot be true of course but as humans, we don't realize we are necessarily doing it until something jots our consciousness.

Same thing with watching Storage Wars from Texas, I suspect it's that whole Bible Belt area of the US which seems odd.

I don't know if an accent can be changed but if so maybe practice speaking English a bit clearer. Although it's their loss, not yours.

When I was a kid and we traveled to Canada, and often times even other States, they'd ask me how often I went surfing.

The Ocean is 2 hrs away
I've told several "Fast Talkers" to slow down, I speak and hear Southern.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-06-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
45,164 posts, read 36,370,190 times
Reputation: 63962
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pfalz View Post
I reckon you're fixen' to go a-fighten them plum rude jaspers? Have you considered you might be using vocabulary they don't understand rather than an accent they don't like?
What's a rude jasper?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > General U.S.
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top