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Old 09-26-2010, 10:09 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by PDD View Post
I think the problem a lot of people have is mistaking "redneck" for "Southern."
That is just like a lot of Southerners refer to people from the North as Yankees
Not really the same thing. "Redneck" has a specific, derogatory meaning, while "Yankee" is simply a descriptive term for someone from the north (most of the time, though if it's said with certain "tone", it can be derogatory. It's like the difference between simply calling someone a Jew and calling them a "Jew" with a certain inflection. There is a "common" usage and an "insulting" usage).

Not to mention that you can have rednecks from Northern states (it's really a more "rural" term than north/south) but you don't have "Yankees" from the south.

When I was a kid (Raleigh, 1970s), the Yankee kids called the Southerners "Rebels", not rednecks. All in fun, it was just like UNC vs Duke or other "rivalries". But people who've never set foot in a state making sweeping stereotypes about the residents as "rednecks" is not quite so "in fun".
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Old 09-27-2010, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by metro.m View Post
I disagree. The Raleigh area is almost identical to NOVA 10-15 years ago and definitely headed in the direction of present day NOVA. I've also thought that Charlotte had a very traditionally southern feel to be such a large city...It may not be exactly like Richmond, but both are true to their southern heritage even with the influx of transplants.
While there are similarities between the Triangle and NOVA 20 years ago there is nothing to say that the federal government is going to pick up operations and relocate here. Nor is there anything to say that another 9/11 type of event is going to create a duplicate security or similar industry here. As one poster said the impact of history and circumstance have probably made NOVA unique. In fact the Dot Com boom and the real estate bubble boom were timed perfectly with other events to help create NOVA. It is questionable how much of NOVA can be sustained with possible cut backs in the Federal and most importantly changes in defense contracts on the horizon. The great recession is bringing into question the future growth pace of the Triangle and when it will fully recover. Also if traffic congestion is to be compared we don't have the same multi state beltway (495) nor do we have a super major East coast highway (95) overlapping our beltway. Our beltway tends to be local/regional traffic and theirs is clearly local, regional and national.
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:38 PM
Location: North Carolina
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Yes. But you're not going to get the true southern feel living in the suburbs of Charlotte or Raleigh.
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:04 AM
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Yes, NC is Southern and proud of it. Btw, Raleigh is still super Southern. And RDU is becoming like NoVa. NC is experiencing quite an international migration. If anyone comes to Charlotte drive down Central Ave. Or South Blvd. and call me a liar.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:39 AM
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hey i consider myself personally a yankee and proud of it so screw u ppl because nc was originally a northern state and it will always stay that way
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Old 10-12-2010, 01:09 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by nient View Post
nc was originally a northern state
? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

(Troll alert?)
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:04 PM
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Default Do Southerners still exist in North Carolina?

I am just wondering. I currently live in Virginia (I am from Alabama and plan on moving back), and every young male I meet from North Carolina who is my age (I am female in my twenties) always claims that at least half if not all of his family is from New York or Pennsylvania. Can North Carolina still be called a Southern state? Everyone I meet from there is a Northerner who has a condescending attitude of the South.
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Old 11-05-2010, 07:14 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I meet plenty of natives every day, and I have friends that are native-born in NC or were born in another state, such as SC or GA, but now live here. I think a lot of who you meet depends on where you are and where you work.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:40 AM
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Why did you make a new thread, rather than just continuing your old one?

Is North Carolina still a "Southern" state?
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:43 AM
Location: Durham, NC
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Yes, plenty. There is a thread about this in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill section. Most Northerners seem friendly after settling in. I am friends with a few people originally from the North and I am dating a guy who lived in Long Island most of his life.
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