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Old 08-25-2009, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I can tell by the way they pronounce "pen" If they say it with the "e" sound, they're not from around here. If they say it like "pin" they're from somewhere in the South. Usually, not always.

Also, I've noticed this with guys because I've been working at a camp for incoming college Freshman. If you wear flips flops like this:



... then you're probably from up North. Guys around here stopped wearing those 10 years ago
Really? My cousin in GA wears those - not with the little pegs though, rather flat and seemingly more comfortable. Same style, nonetheless.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:28 AM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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It actually does sound a little country, the word cookout. I didn't know people in MA used that word though. My friends say BBQ and are from western MA.
I have heard of people from western MA calling it a picnic, which I think is weird.
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Old 08-25-2009, 08:32 AM
 
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In Illinois it is pretty easy to tell a Chicago person from a Southern illinois person by their accents. However, this is less the case with younger, educated people than it is with the older school folks. It is also fairly easy to tell whether people are from rural or more urban areas by both their dress and their dialects. This is probably true most places though.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:24 AM
 
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they always wear sandals...fanny packs....visors...

they also always seem to be "happy" to be in warm weather...like it is a big deal to them (easterners/midwesterners)
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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When living in the rural PNW, you could often tell someone was a "flatlander" by how they drove our curvy, mountainous roads----sloooooooowly, as if some unseen hand was suddenly going to yank them into some abyss...
...when you saw someone dressed like some wannabe gangsta.
...if someone was from the South, dress-wise they usually look more "put-together", the women in particular. The men often in shorts, sandals, some preppy Izod-type shirt...we'd just laugh.

Living down South here where I am, if someone is wearing a non-Southern college jersey. No native Ohio State fans here that I've ever met.

If you hear them order "ice tea" in a restaurant...down here it's assumed it'll be iced...you ask for either sweet or unsweet tea.

Or if you hear them order hot tea. Not saying no native Southerners drink hot tea...I've never seen it.

Finally, like the poster from the Smokies said...it cracks me up when folks act like they've never seen a deer. Rats on the hoof down here.

My favorite tourist line I overheard was in Glacier National Park at a trailhead I was getting ready to go on. There were grizzly warning signs and some guy in a New Yawk accent kept saying over and over, loudly..."Grizzly bears!? Grizzly bears!? They gotta do something about this! Ya mean they just let 'em run around loose up here!?" Wow...just...wow. Please just go home, or at least be quiet when you're in a quiet place.
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:26 PM
 
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I can tell people aren't from my area when they mispronounce place names and when they act really scared of the concept of winter.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default I heard the term cookout

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I have heard of people from western MA calling it a picnic, which I think is weird.
in Indiana.
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Complaining about the heat is the easiest way to tell that someone isn't from here. I've been here for 10 years and I still can't take the summer heat/humidity. Walking quickly and not holding (or at least attempting to hold) the door for someone are also easy ways to tell.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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in Indiana.
Its weird because I think of the term barbecue as being more country than cookout. To me, a barbecue sounds like I am at a roadhouse in the bayou somewhere eating ribs. Cookout is just a general family gathering with food.
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Missouri, USA
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Its really not so easy here in Missouri to tell someone isn't from here. So many people move here from out of state, and we also have such a large mix of accents that its really hard. Even looking at license plates don't do justice, because so many people just keep their old plates till they expire even though they arent supposed to lol. So you could look at a cars plates and think he/she was from out of state, but in fact, they may have been living here for a year.
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