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Old 06-26-2010, 10:48 PM
 
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This one has always fascinated me. Most in the west call the east coast "back east", but many in the mid-continent call this area "out east".

Where is the dividing line? And why the difference? Would welcome opinions on this. Perhaps goes back to a much earlier time.

Similarly, most consider the west, "out west", and there is much less debate about that. The east to west migration explains that, but I'm still baffled by the "out east" usage.
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Old 06-26-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I here both used in California.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: IN
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"Back East" is generally implied as a negative connotation. I prefer "Out East" and "Out West."
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: USA
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Long ago I was taught that the correct terms were "up north"; " up east", "down south"; and "out west". Over the years people have started using other words and while they may or may not be correct, I still use what I stated at the beginning of this comment.

The "east" is from DC up through Maine. It doesn't include Virginia and below; that is the "south". Simple as that. But nowadays, everyone wants to rewrite section names of the US to suit themselves.
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Old 06-27-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Growing up in Texas we always said, "back east" "down south" "up north" and "out west". This is generally what I hear in Oklahoma as well.
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Old 06-27-2010, 10:33 AM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Always just said "up north" or "on the east coast".
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Old 06-27-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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Since moving to California I have heard "back east" often used in a negative connotation towards weather, close mindedness, uptight people, an impression of dirty old cities, etc. even if the person has never been there. I am not sure if this is a past mentality that has held on, it isn't the 50s and 60s anymore? I am not sure if it was even like that then? The Midwest and South are generally viewed even worse, with the south often being some mystic land unimaginable to venture into, and the midwest being an arctic boring land of corn fields. I have only heard back east used in a positive connotation in reference to the quality of the italian food.
Similar impressions are given of California, from living elsewhere, even though neither are actually like that...
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Old 06-27-2010, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX/Chicago, IL/Houston, TX/Washington, DC
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Since moving to California I have heard "back east" often used in a negative connotation towards weather, close mindedness, uptight people, an impression of dirty old cities, etc. even if the person has never been there. I am not sure if this is a past mentality that has held on, it isn't the 50s and 60s anymore? I am not sure if it was even like that then? The Midwest and South are generally viewed even worse, with the south often being some mystic land unimaginable to venture into, and the midwest being an arctic boring land of corn fields. I have only heard back east used in a positive connotation in reference to the quality of the italian food.
Similar impressions are given of California, from living elsewhere, even though neither are actually like that...
I have a friend. He does not fly to San Francisco, because he think he will be "raped upon arrival" and that there are "tree's in the airport lobby with hippies strapped to them protesting because of the gas consumptions by the planes".

Yes, I know some very interesting fellows.

Personally I don't agree with that- I am accepting of the views of others and their beliefs. But there are some ridiculously crazy ideas out and about for each region.

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Old 06-27-2010, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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"Back east" may have come into use b/c so many westerners used to live "back east". So they talk about going back there, like "back home".
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Old 06-27-2010, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Long Beach
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I asked the same question when I was in cali last week.

It probably has to do with the whole Manifest Destiny thing of the 1840s. When an Easterner goes west we would say "back east, out west" to refer where we came from. Since most people on the west coast originate from the east, that phrase has become a colloquillism. My aunt who has lived in Cali for 30 years, still says it.
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