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Old 08-18-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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BUT Northerners don't even necessarily need to "force" views to get a rise out of Southerners. If they even mention the possibility that there might be a better way of doing things, Southerners get highly defensive. And I'm speaking in generalities of the Southern culture and speaking as one who is quite familiar with the Southern way of thinking...or at least with one Southern man and his Southern family members.

And they don't "get it" either that suggestions for improvement are not part of a concerted effort to bring the downfall of Southern life as they know it.
I love it. Everyone who lives in this large region of the USA -- "Southerners" -- has this characteristic? Or just most of us? Or what, exactly? Any other grand generalizations we should know about?
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Birmingham
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Lordy, try being from Alabama and see what you get!! In the south, we pick on everybody. Atlanta picks on Birmingham, we pick on Mississippi and they pick on Louisiana and Louisiana picks on Arkansas - poor Arkansas... It is all in good fun especially in college football season. Yankee is just a word used to describe anyone from the North.

I always spoke extremly fast even with the Southern Accent and my family often refer to me as "the one that turned out to be a yankee".

BTW, I lived up north in NY, PA and DE (above the Mason Dixon line) and was always underestimated because of my accent. Worked out great for me.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:16 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Just to be clear, DE is east of the Mason-Dixon line. It doesn't come into play in terms of Delaware at all. We're neither North nor South (reminds me of a particular hymn text...).
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I understand that there is a Yankee Magazine. The Colonial Athletic Association was called the Yankee Conference until a few years ago. There are self proclaimed Yankee Craftsmen. YankeeCandle.com, yankee handyman pushdrill etc etc.
All those things refer exclusively or primarily to New England.
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:20 PM
 
Location: Kingwood, Texas
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Just my own experience, but when people use it as a noun, no ill is meant, just synonym for someone who is from the North. Now if they use it as an adjective, then there I see it with a just a tiny bit of a good-natured twist.
Example, when choosing ice cream in the grocery store, my daughter said she preferred Blue Bell (a local Texas made brand) over that "yankee" ice cream (referring to Dreyers).
But however it's used, it certainly isn't meant in a mean way.
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Old 08-19-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Wilmington
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Would you be referring to "Breyers"?
I cannot believe that a child would know or care where ice cream was made, and who taught her the term "yankee" anyway? I never taught my child to stay away from any "redneck" food products, I might have told them to stay away from southern fried chicken unless they want to get fat!
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Old 08-19-2009, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Breyers has flecks of vanilla bean in it -- you can't say that about Blue Bell vanilla. I agree with the above poster: what a silly thing for a child to come out with, how'd she know where it's made and who told her?
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:59 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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how did we go from yankee chat to icecream??
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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how did we go from yankee chat to icecream??
I have no idea, but it made me get the munchies for ice cream. Just finished off the Breyers.
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Old 08-19-2009, 07:26 PM
 
Location: SC
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It's real. It's very real -- perhaps more so with older Southern people. SOME older Southern people.
Ha....I found a survival mode down here, when I really just don't want to hear any insult aimed at anyone no matter where they are from.

When you hear anyone start a sentence with "Bless his/her/their heart" RUN FOREST RUN

Most likely you will be ducking an insult aimed at yourself, or hear something very hurtful about someone else.

It really does make the day so much more pleasant
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