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Old 11-15-2019, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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That's my main question. Growing up in North Carolina, people didn't say it, except my mom, who is from California. And her parents from Colorado say it. Now I go to college in Oklahoma and hear it occasionally, but not super often. Do people say howdy in the Pacific Northwest? How far east can you go and still hear it with some regularity? Is it dying out as an expression? Those are some other questions I have.
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:29 PM
 
Location: NC
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I grew up in SC, live in NC, And lived in GA for a few and visit TN and VA often. Ive never heard anyone in my life ever say howdy except on TV.
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Old 11-15-2019, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Houston for Living/Los Angeles for Work
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Ive lived in Texas since 2009.

I can count the number of times Ive heard someone tell me that on one hand. That said, Ive only lived in Dallas and Houston. In smaller towns in Texas I think its more common.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Buffalo, NY
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Ive lived in Texas since 2009.

I can count the number of times Ive heard someone tell me that on one hand. That said, Ive only lived in Dallas and Houston. In smaller towns in Texas I think its more common.
You must not know many Aggies:

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Howdy
“Howdy” is the official greeting of Texas A&M. Students greeting one another — and especially campus visitors — with a “howdy” has earned the university a reputation as the friendliest campus in the world. The origins of this tradition are unknown, but it is one that Aggies proudly continue.
https://www.tamu.edu/traditions/aggi...e-terminology/
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Lived in 3 different Texas cities for the last 30 years.
Never heard it unless someone was being facetious.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Some people even try it in these parts. When you greet people that way in the Noetheast, it is considered pretty dippy/cringy.
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Old 11-15-2019, 06:53 PM
 
Location: South to West
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I once tried to get a job at a hotel in Nevada. The woman manager is the only person who ever greeted me with "Howdy!" (I got the job but did not accept the offer due to a budding relationship. I still regret it.)
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:41 PM
 
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aggies say it in Texas.
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Old 11-15-2019, 08:54 PM
 
Location: WA Desert, Seattle native
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Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, some parts of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, and California.

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Old 11-15-2019, 09:47 PM
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Location: The middle of nowhere
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That's my main question. Growing up in North Carolina, people didn't say it, except my mom, who is from California. And her parents from Colorado say it. Now I go to college in Oklahoma and hear it occasionally, but not super often. Do people say howdy in the Pacific Northwest? How far east can you go and still hear it with some regularity? Is it dying out as an expression? Those are some other questions I have.

Oklahoma is the only place I've heard it in regular conversation.
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