Not in the traditional sense of *%*$% bad words but in the South there are words you learn not to say as a kid. I’m talking about soda, pop, you guys and a host of other “Northern” words. I remember using the word Coke for anything soda related. And you NEVER said hey you guys! If it wasn’t ya’ll you were not Southern.
As I’ve grown, and moved really, I find myself constantly saying the words soda and you guys. I never say Coke unless I actually mean Coke. I rarely say ya’ll either and I never blog it. I think it’s funny that over the course of years things change, even your speech. As a kid I wouldn’t have dreamed I would use these words. Those were “Northern” words and I was a good Southern Belle. 🙂
So while some Southern has started to come out more, like my love for growing things (it is not gardening ;). The Northern has come out more in my speech. I guess as I’ve gotten older I no longer associate those words with being only a Northern thing. But I also try hard to keep my Southern accent at bay. There are certain words I don’t ever think will lose that Southern draw, like fire but since the age of 12 or so I have been very conscious of how I speak. God forbid I sound like a hick. 😉 Of course that is my own personal choice. But I do find there to be a difference between having a Southern draw and sounding like a hick.
Enough of my ramblings. I promise to start blogging our trip soon. Like maybe tonight.