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        11-01-2012, 03:49 PM
    Yes, let's not forget that both of Thomas Jefferson's homes are in VA, as is George Washington's Mount Vernon, as well as his boyhood home. That's right outside Fredericksburg.

    Monticello is in Charlottesville, and Poplar Forest is right outside Lynchburg. Jefferson actually preferred his Poplar Forest home to Monticello, but Monticello is the most well known of his homes.

    Both Washington and Jefferson were born in Virginia, as well.

    Also, let's not forget that Appomattox is where the Confederacy surrendered, and many historic battles were fought in and around the area. There are very large signs outside Appomattox that have the legend: Appomattox, Virginia Where Our Nation Reunited.

    So yeah, I think we're kinda, sorta Southern.
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        11-01-2012, 03:49 PM
    They'll probably just think she's from MN or ND.
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        11-01-2012, 03:52 PM
    Oh, and Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, which is why it's in Charlottesville near Monticello. Not Southun indeed!

    OP, in all seriousness, I sincerely hope your aunt loves Tennessee as much as its natural born residents. It really is quite a gorgeous state, and if I wasn't so attached to Virginia it's one of the places I'd love to live.
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        11-01-2012, 05:25 PM
    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    They'll probably just think she's from MN or ND.
    In that case she'll either be from the MidWest (MN) or from the West (ND) -- both are better than being a Yankee. (Although, I do regret to say that many Southerners fail to recognize the distinction.)

    OP...Tell your friend that she needs to understand the sacred drink, tea. If she orders tea in a restaurant, she will get a tall glass of sweetened ice tea. If she wants a cup of hot tea, she needs to ask for hot tea. (It will probably be hot water with a Lipton Teabag. A true friend would give her a case of RedRose or Earl Grey tea as a wedding gift.) Many times the sweet tea will taste very similar to simple syrup. In which case she can ask for unsweet tea. But beware: to ask for unsweet tea could very well raise questions about her origins.

    Also: Curious mannerisms.
    Southerners are family-proud and she will inevitably get questions about her name? For instance: Who are your people? If her last name is Fuddy...."Are you one of the Memphis Fuddy's or are you a Nashville Fuddy?" And then the search for relatives in common will commence.
    The South fits squarely in the Bible Belt. She should be prepared with an answer for the inevitable question: Where do you go to Church? Or Where is your Church home? It can pop up in the most interesting when she's getting her driver's license! Religion is considered a proper topic of conversation in the South. Most of the time (but not always) it is the equivalent of asking which country club you belong to.
    People just want to know which sandbox she plays in. Also, she should decide right now if she is already saved, wants to be saved or intends to be rude!
    She will be addressed as Ma'am, or sweetie, or honey. Ma'am is also a question indicating the person did not understand her. Any social contact must go through multiple layers of polite gobbleygook before you get to the point of the meeting. Forget about getting a direct answer to any question. She will get the polite answer. The glass ceiling is firmly in place. Depending upon how "modern" the city is, living in the South as a woman, is much like living in Japan as a woman. Women have a great deal of power and control, but any woman who shows this is scorned. She should watch the movies Terms of Endearment, Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias. Driving Miss Daisy would be another good one.
    She should be prepared to be shocked at local pronunciation and grammar. There are a multitude of Southern accents and not all of them are charming. Also, she should brace herself for the everyday display of patriotism on a scale unknown in Canada. Americans are the ONLY americans living in this hemisphere.
        11-01-2012, 05:42 PM
    Hag...oh so very true! I forget that such things are more southern than other places. Family origins are so true. My last name isn't neccesarily that common, but it is for my area. Since I'm a transplant and married into it, I get asked a lot which set do I belong to (there are three, and I'm asked in just that manner). When I was still new, I had no idea, I just said I was married in and wasn't real familiar with the family background. Now that I know I can answer in an assured manner which now progresses into naming names of said lineage back several generations. It was a learned thing though and it took about 10 years to get comfortable with, lol. Since I'm from a bigger city people didn't ask that so much, but people here ask it when applying for a job. They see the name and say "Hmmm....Smith (not really, that's made up). What Smith's are you from?" I was told that it's to discern whether you are from good people or not, which kind of bothers me because you shouldn't be held accountable for what your grandfather may have done, but it's just how it is.
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        11-01-2012, 05:48 PM
    Oh, and pronounciations...yeah. Even though I'm only 4 hours south of where I'm from, apparantly my accent is totally different than the ones here. I get made fun of occasionally for how I saw things. One that sticks out is Brookhaven. People here say bruhkaven and I say it brookhaven (like it looks). I've tried to understand what is so different, but I guess it's just something that locals hear and I'm not keyed in to.
        11-01-2012, 05:49 PM
    Mtngrl, So very true! Southerners are family proud and know their ancestors...and most of the town's ancestors also! Which branch of the family you come from matters a great deal. You might be from the branch with preachers, or you might be from the horse stealing which case you won't get the job! The South has changed a lot, but there are pockets that haven't been touched by the Yankee hordes escaping snow and closing industries. And you never know when you're going to wander into one of those pockets. It pays to be prepared.
        11-01-2012, 05:50 PM
    Pish, of course you can't be held accountable for what that no count, low life, grand uncle Albie did, but we're going to keep an eye on you just in case. Blood is thicker than water, after all. Fans herself genteely.
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        11-01-2012, 05:54 PM
    If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. It's a truism. A whole body of literature has risen around the Southern matriarch. Mamas rule! She should be prepared to be really sweet and polite to her MIL. ESPECIALLY if he's an only son.
        11-01-2012, 06:08 PM
    Also, depending upon how traditional the family is, all children address adults as Ma'am or Sir. Even their parents. Adults are also given the honorific, Miss or Mr.---always. Until invited to drop it or substitute a first name. For example Miss Susan instead of Miss Fuddy. My daughter is 38 and still says "yes ma'am" to me. Manners COUNT. After the War of Northern Aggression, we might have been poor...but we had our families and we had manners.

    That's why being trashy is so absolutely horrrible. One of the worst things you can say about an individual or family is that they have no manners...or at the absolute bottom...they're trashy. Manners cost nothing. If you don't care enough about your children to teach them manners then you truly are trash.
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