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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Southern and Northern...share your 'isms

So, it 'tis funny and cute to decipher Southern'isms vs. Northern'isms. I always laugh at this one guy on XM Radio Blue Collar comedy because he does the comparison of what we say in different venues of the U.S. of A.

So, I'm going to share a couple, don't want to hog it all up. I would love, LUV, love it if y'all would participate and share things y'all say compared to how we say it down South, North, East and West.... If you live on another continent or are from another country, PLEASE share and play along!

Oh, and correct me if I am wrong in my alternative to Southern'ism alternates. :-)

Southern'ism:  Y'all

Northern'ism:  You guys

Southern'ism:  Coke

Northern'ism:  Soda

Southern'ism:  Tennie Shoes

Northern'ism:  Sneakers

Southern'ism:  "Goin' to see a man about a horse."

Northern'ism:  ???

Southern'ism:  "I'm just sayin...."

Northern'ism:  Right?  [Not all together sure, I think there are a variety of U.S.A. responses from various states as to how to end a statement like, we/I do....  ie:  Mashed taters and gravy are great for breakfast, I'm just sayin. :-D  ]

PLEASE SHARE!  This'ill [not to be confused with Thistle] be fun!



Melissa said...

I grew up in the south but, as you know, live in New York, so I tend to mix and match my "ism." (although I've since adopted soda and sneakers to replace Coke and tennis shoes). I can't let go of y'all, though, and tend to get some strange looks!

Gary's third pottery blog said...

We lived in northern New England for 12 years, and you know that the Boston accent is distinct, but what you may not know its that each state sounds a little different---Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont sound different from areas around Boston. Now we live right next to New England In rural New York, and up here it sounds like a mix of either Ohio flat or some very rural people sound like West Virginia. Anyway, a couple of funny ones from New England: "etALL" for at all as in "I didn't understand what he said etALL" and then there is BROOK. You don't say stream or creek, only BROOK (and they can be snotty about it). And of course there is "ayuh" and "ayup" for yes...

Melissa said...

Oh . . . the FLAT NASALLY sound of Syracuse. Maybe I attribute it to Syracuse because that seems to be where all the used car commercials come from, and they get on my nerves. Yes, the accents are very distinct. Just east past the kids' elementary school, I would swear that I'm back in the south. LOL!

Sonya said...

Sounds about right.

Melissa said...

In addition to "You guys," I've also heard "Yous" (I don't know how to spell it, but it rhymes with lose) and "Yous guys." These may be NJ (Philadelphia, NYC) expressions.

A friend once sent me a link to an online quiz that identified your dialect based on expressions like these. Of course I now have no idea where it was!

Anonymous said...

Where I'm at, we say "I'm going to see a man about a dog." (rather than horse) and I'm north of you :)


Melissa said...

Emmeline (and Nova) - what the heck does that saying even mean? LOL! I've honestly never heard it before.

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Lis, it means heading to the restroom ;-)

This is fun, y'all! ;-)

Melissa said...

Ha! I never would have guessed. Up here we just say, "I'm going to the bathroom," or something of the equivalent.

Anonymous said...

Oh, where I'm at, going to see a man about a dog (or horse) does NOT mean going to the restroom! It means going to do something the details of which you don't want to discuss! Which, I guess could be going to the restroom. But usually it's something more secretive than that. Like a guy telling his gf that when he's gonna go buy her engagement ring or something.


Anonymous said...

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, where we said "pop" instead of soda, and tennis shoes/sneakers were pronounced "tenna shoes."
I thought "I'm just sayin" was blog terminology, y'know?

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

KC, I was listening to Blue Collar on XM radio in the Chariot the other day and that comedian even made a joke about how "Texans" say, "I'm just sayin'."

He was doing a bit about how various dialects respond to something. He was like, "Just sayin' what? You didn't say it yet?" Or, something like that.

I thought, "Hey! I say that all the time!"

He also added one for the "South" that ends with, "There ya' go."

Prohomemaker.Com said...

Since my Mom is from S. Carolina, but I was born in Southern California, I have cross-cultural dialects. I dated a guy one time from N Carolina who quizzed me, "Which is better -- sweet or precious?" Precious, of course. Got it right. :-) And I also know what "raise the window down" means. I did just learn a new one from my Mom -- a "pone" of cornbread. Now that was a new one.In SoCal, it's "you know" and "like" -- both of which drive me bonkers. "It's like so irritating, you know?"

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

PRO-H ROFL! Like, I totally know!