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Old 08-02-2009, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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You might be surprised to find out that the whole "Hon, Honey, Darling, etc..." thing is alive and well in my area also. Been that way for generations here, and is just as easy, and laid-back in it's usage as I ever saw while living in Texas. "Sugar" is another one used here as well, I didn't hear that as much in Texas, but did hear it in parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
Didn't alot of Southern people move to Michigan for auto industry jobs? That could explain that.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:59 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Didn't alot of Southern people move to Michigan for auto industry jobs? That could explain that.
Not in this area. I am 4 or 5 hours from Detroit. It is a very rural area, and I think that has more to do with it. Not so caught up in hustle and bustle, laid-back, and generally very friendly.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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Didn't alot of Southern people move to Michigan for auto industry jobs? That could explain that.
When I make business phone calls to places in southwestern PA and the Baltimore area, the females sometimes call me "hon." Also I was in the city of Baltimore I heard "hon" pretty frequently.
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Old 08-02-2009, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Not in this area. I am 4 or 5 hours from Detroit. It is a very rural area, and I think that has more to do with it. Not so caught up in hustle and bustle, laid-back, and generally very friendly.
Oh, ok thank you.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:12 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hello, often I've come across people from the South or Deep South and went away thinking that they were decent people at heart but very rigid and not open to outside ideas or influences. Is that true?

Also, there are many stereotypes of the South: backwards culturally, sees the world in black and white, honestly believes Republicans mean what they say, anti-gay, anti-science, etc etc.

While reflecting on which ones I held, I knew that most of it was probably wrong or at best inaccurate. Any truths? I'd love to hear from Southerners on what they think ... I want to keep an open mind and not believe the North would be better off without the South.

Note that I freely admit to holding some but those, as I said, were probably wrong and simply want to hear from some Southerners, on what they honestly think about their neck of the woods.

Well, I find the West Coast to be pretentious, socialist, can't put their shoes on but insist on telling everyone else how to, living in a dream world and like the smell of their own farts but then, how accurate is that stereotype? Would the rest of the country be better off without the Left Coast? I was hoping China might buy it as a vacation playground to ease the US debt.

But what would I know? I'm clinging to my guns and religion.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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. But what would I know? I'm clinging to my guns and religion.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:51 PM
 
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Well, I find the West Coast to be pretentious, socialist, can't put their shoes on but insist on telling everyone else how to, living in a dream world and like the smell of their own farts but then, how accurate is that stereotype? Would the rest of the country be better off without the Left Coast? I was hoping China might buy it as a vacation playground to ease the US debt.

But what would I know? I'm clinging to my guns and religion.
Ah yes, gotta love those cheap-shot Ninja Daoists
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, La
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Well, I find the West Coast to be pretentious, socialist, can't put their shoes on but insist on telling everyone else how to, living in a dream world and like the smell of their own farts but then, how accurate is that stereotype? Would the rest of the country be better off without the Left Coast? I was hoping China might buy it as a vacation playground to ease the US debt.

But what would I know? I'm clinging to my guns and religion.
also, the north seems to actually think left wingers mean what they say as well so I guess we are all just idiots in this country.
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Old 08-04-2009, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Southern stereotypes in their 'weak' form are mostly true. There are PLENTY of exceptions, so don't go biting my head off for ignoring your open-minded, non-traditional friend who lives in Mobile, AL. But, on average, southerners tend to be traditional in their views, less open to ideological change, and more desensitized to violence. Not their fault, and not necessarily a bad thing. But true.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:55 AM
 
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As we can see from this thread, YES, Southern stereotypes are true in many cases. In general, I know there are some nice things about the South, just as there are in the North.

The big thing I would be afraid of is raising kids in the South. My wife and I are old enough to not be swayed by some of the prevailing attitudes in the South, but kids I would be nervous about. I would want to keep 'em away from the homophobia, general bigotry (toward foreigners and other minorities), guns, and religious hatred (for example the dislike of Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Catholics, or anyone else who isn't 'properly religious' or Christian enough) that thrive in the South until they're old enough to make their own decisions. No Christian Talibanism for my kids!

I just feel that in some of the more cosmopolitan areas of the country, people are more able to express their own thoughts or lifestyles that are not the prevailing ones. For example, you could be a Baptist in NYC, or a Jew, or a Muslim, or an agnostic, without feeling suffocated. In some, especially rural areas of the South, if I was a Muslim, or Mexican, or Jew, I don't know that I'd always feel safe walking the streets.

Notice that I said SOME areas of the South, not all. There are also places like that in the North, although from my experience they're fewer and farther between.
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