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Old 06-26-2015, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Twin Cities (StP)
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I noticed that many people who migrated from the east coast, particularly the Northeast, to the southwest often use the phrase "back east" to refer to their previous home region. Since I am moving to Ohio next week, do you think it would be appropriate if I use the term "back east" to refer to New England? Or is that pushing it?
You're pushing it because no cares to hear about "back east".
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Old 06-26-2015, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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The Heart:
Eastern Kansas, Northern Missouri, Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, Southern Ohio

Back East:
Southern Maine, Southern New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Southern New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Florida

Down South:
Eastern Kansas, Southern Missouri, Eastern Oklahoma, Eastern Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Carolina's, Virginia's, Kentucky

Up North:
Alaska, Dakota's, Eastern Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Northern Indiana, Michigan, Northern Ohio, Northern New York, Vermont, Northern New Hampshire, Northern Maine

Out West:
Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Western Texas, Western Oklahoma, Western Kansas, Western Nebraska
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:21 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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It was in 1790 (Northwest Territory).
Yeah... well kind of irrelevant in 2015 considering this was before the Louisiana Purchase and manifest destiny.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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When I lived in Phoenix I referred to the midwest as "back east". I think it's "somewhat" relative. For me personally I wouldn't feel "west" enough in Ohio to start reminiscing about back east. People might start asking if you're from Japan.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:34 PM
 
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ehhh... even relative to Boston, Ohio isn't really "Out west" per se. Directionally it's west, but you really got to at least get beyond the Mississippi River to use the terminology of "Out West".
Have you been to Boston? Springfield is the Pioneer valley (first settled a full 5 years after Boston) and Worcester is out west.
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Old 06-27-2015, 08:35 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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I'm now in Texas (South Central, or South commonly referred) but I say back east for my origins in North Carolina which is also South.. albeit South East for sure. Am I right for saying back east? it's working so far.
I live in North Carolina, and had a girlfriend who moved out to Texas for grad school a few years ago. When I was out there visiting her, I used the term "back east" to refer to NC when I was speaking with a guy at a a boat rental place. He was originally from NJ he said "you think of North Carolina as back east huh?"....I guess transplants from the northeast think they get the exclusive use of that term.
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Old 06-27-2015, 09:51 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Have you been to Boston? Springfield is the Pioneer valley (first settled a full 5 years after Boston) and Worcester is out west.
Uh..... yes, I grew up on the North Shore in Salem and Newburyport. But I'm pretty sure you already knew that I was from the area. What you're describing to me is "Western Mass". Worcester is "Central Mass". But since you can't seem to grasp what's beyond a mere few hundred miles, I can only assume you've never really been "Out West" before.

Here' a good start...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4GHHjUJCEU

Then Go WEST from there. It's a big country, go see it for yourself.

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Old 06-27-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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....I guess transplants from the northeast think they get the exclusive use of that term.
Not necessarily. From my experience living around the country, most that I've run into think of the East Coast, Back East. and even the North as being Washington DC area up to Maine. Many don't consider Southern states that border the Atlantic as East just like they don't consider the Midwestern states North.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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Everything from Maine to Florida is "East Coast". PA and VT don't even touch the ocean and are considered "East Coast". It's a stretch but I've even considered anything that's in the Eastern Timezone to be "east"; that includes most of Indiana and Michigan.
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Old 06-27-2015, 04:49 PM
 
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Not necessarily. From my experience living around the country, most that I've run into think of the East Coast, Back East. and even the North as being Washington DC area up to Maine. Many don't consider Southern states that border the Atlantic as East just like they don't consider the Midwestern states North.
But it all depends on perspective...to someone in CA, everything from FL to ME is "back east" and to someone in lower TX, everything from WA to ME would be "up north".
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