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Old 06-24-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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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?
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Sugarmill Woods , FL
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You will be fine using back east!
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Old 06-24-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Yeah, I suppose that Ohio is far enough west of Connecticut that "back east" would work. Personally, I only apply the term if I'm west of the Mississippi, and describing someplace east of the Appalachians. But that's just me.
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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I hear that term all the time here in AZ. Most people refer to anywhere east of AZ, including NM. Its weird.
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Old 06-24-2015, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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"back east" is actually a derivative of the French term Bachest which means Hekawi or "right here"
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm from the Midwest, and when I use the term "back east", I'm specifically referring to the Northeast and New England region, as well as Baltimore and DC. I would never use "back east" to refer to any city in the Midwest, even though from the standpoint of someone living in California, "back east" would seem to include some of these cities..
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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Maybe it's because of our geographical location, but I've always heard:

Back East: Northeast/Mid Atlantic

Down South: The traditional Southern states

Up North: Upper Midwest

Out West: California/West Coast

If you're referring to a state within a 500 mile radius, it becomes "Going down to New Mexico for the weekend" or "Going back to Missouri for Fourth of July".
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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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.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:16 PM
 
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Americans always use "back east." Country was settled from east to west. As a native third-generation Californian, I understood it to also mean, or imply, the past.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:17 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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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?
So you're moving "out West"?
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