Ed Keer edkeer at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 29 14:33:02 UTC 2005

It all sounds very similar to that comedian's "you
might be a redneck" stuff. I figure it's either a
rip-off or a bad imitation.


--- "Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:

>         I raise the question because, in my
> experience, this kind of
> extended and purportedly humorous vocabulary list is
> most often offered
> by someone who is a member of the group in question.
>  I'm not sure,
> dInIs, if you mean that you would not bet that the
> author is a
> Southerner, that you would not bet that the author
> is not a Southerner,
> or that you consider the question too doubtful to
> place a bet at all.
> I, however, would bet a modest amount that the
> author is a Southerner
> who considers that he or she personally does not
> exhibit all of the
> pronunciations described.
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Dialect Society
> [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf
> Of Dennis R. Preston
> Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 6:30 PM
> Subject: Re: y'all-omigod-bonics
> Nearly everyone in the US considers him or herself
> to be "familiar"
> with Southern (and African American) speech and
> (caught unawares) is
> quite willing tom offer an "imitation" of it. IN our
> numerous studies of
> perception of US varieties, the "South" is always
> the most salient area,
> even among northern respondents. I wouldn't take no
> bets on the author
> being a southerner (and, of course, inaccuracies in
> the representation
> would not decide the matter in one direction or the
> other)
> dInIs
> >  Are you sure it's an outsider perception?  The
> one thing we can say
> >with some confidence is that the author considers
> himself or herself to
> >be quite familiar with this "Southern slang."  I
> would guess that it
> >was written by a Southerner.
> >
> >John Baker


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