How Well Do You "Speak Southern"?

August 24, 2015

I took a trip "up north" recently (twice, in fact). As soon as I stepped off the plane, I stepped into a little shop to make a purchase for an elderly friend of mine. 

 

"Do y'all have postcards?" I asked.

 

The woman smiled and said, "We sure do," as she pointed to a back corner. I turned the rack, picked the Philadelphia postcard I thought my friend would appreciate, and walked over to the counter. 

 

"Where are you from?" the woman asked me.

 

I told her that I have lived in Orlando for the past 20+ years but that I'm originally from Georgia. "Why do you ask?" Then it dawned on me. "Oh, you heard my drawl?"

 

She smiled and said, "That and you did say 'y'all.'" As she rang up my purchase, she added, "I knew someone from Georgia, but she didn't talk like you."

 

"Where was she from in Georgia?" I asked.

 

"Atlanta."

 

"Well, I'm from the Low Country. She's from Atlanta. That's two different areas of the South. In fact, if you were to hear my husband, who was reared in Southwest Georgia, you'd heard an even thicker drawl. And Georgia sounds different than Alabama and Alabama sounds different than Tennessee. Then there are the different areas of each state, just like in Georgia."

 

She laughed easily. "So you don't all sound alike?"

 

I raised a playful brow. "Do y'all?" I asked.

 

Recently, I found this informative video. I've heard all my life that Southerners sound more like their ancestors that our Northern cousins. But I don't want to stand alone on this so all y'all tell me what 'cha think.

 

 

 

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