Major Tom, on 05 June 2012 - 12:28 AM, said:
I am not keenly aware of any lack of please and thank you in the South, in fact it would surprise me. There might be some of that not due to being impolite but feeling it is not necessary to please and thank a server for a routine order. I know I observe those niceties when I make a special request.
A Southernism that I love is that our pre-teen children call adults they know by their first name preceded by Mr or Miss. Maybe I am old fashion but I do not like to hear children calling adults by their first name. Mr Jack or Miss Jill sounds cool to me.
It's funny, I often use "Would you mind" instead of "please", it's not through lack of politeness; I respect my dear old Grandmama too much to not be as polite as pie. However, since moving north, despite the Geordies' reputation for being the friendliest people in Britain (they are, they'll talk to you out in town and everything), they don't often say please or thankyou when you hold a door open for them, or let them out in traffic. Peculiar.
WalkerBaitress, on 05 June 2012 - 12:37 AM, said:
Isn't Z called a "zed" in Britain (and in Canada, for that matter)? Not a zombie, mind you.
How can you call that letter a 'zee'; the only thing I can think is you were all infected by Dutch immigrants who were singing "By the side of the Zuiderzee, Zuiderzee..."
Major Tom, on 05 June 2012 - 12:51 AM, said:
On acquiring an accent, some people do their best to affect an accent when visiting or returning from another country, especially England.
I watched an episode of House Hunters International where a girl from Salt Lake Utah was looking for a home in UK. She had been there a week or so but was affecting a pretty fair Brit accent. It was fair but obviously fake.
I am a city bred Southern boy and I don't have a Southern accent to the extent that I used some of the terms like fixing and yonder throughout my life. Not that I am retired I find that I enjoy using those terms for the consternation of my grandchildren.
Another one that I use from time to time that annoys everyone is ax for ask, as in, "if you don't mind me axing you" :lol:I love it.
As a grandparent it is entirely within your remit to try and cause consternation in your grandchildren. I applaud you for this.
Babs Bladdyblah, on 05 June 2012 - 01:07 AM, said:
I'll have to look into that. I have noticed when reading our british friends posts, that sometimes there is an "S" where a "Z" should be.
There will almost invariably be an 's' involved as it's a much more chic letter entirely.
backwoodsroamer, on 05 June 2012 - 02:14 AM, said:
99% of the transients were extremely nice. Of course there were the 1% who were prone to tell us how small our field was, blah, blah, blah, how much nicer it was where they came from, and so on.
Now I was raised country, but I ditched the accent in my teens. I can however lay it on pretty thick if I want to. I'm a big guy. One of my fellow employees made me look tiny. Whenever we were in the mood, and got some "uppity" corporate pilots in he and I liked to pull what we called our "Deliverance Act." Never failed to quite the mouthy ones down rather quickly.
If I ever saw you playing your banjo in anger I would join the 1% in squealing like a piggy.