Word Usage: North VS. South

Word Usage: North VS. South

11 things Northerners and Southerners say differently
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Going to school out-of-state has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. With that being said, there is always the debate of proper word usage when it comes to common everyday sayings and phrases. In this situation, everyone believes that they are saying the right thing, although both parties are correct. Whether you say y'all, you guys, everyone, or you all - someone will always be there to either laugh at you, correct you, or sometimes, even get pissed off at the way you talk.

1. What do you call these?


Northerners: Sneakers

Southerners: Tennis/Running Shoes



2. You're out to dinner and you order this drink. What do you call it?

Northerners: Soda

Southerners: Pop/Coke(any soft drink brand)


3. You're at Target. You want to put all your stuff into a ____________.

Northerners: Cart

Southerners: Buggy



4. Congratulations! 98 percent on your English Final. Did you make the grade or get the grade?


Northerners: Got a 98

Southerners: Made a 98

5. You're pissed at someone who was super rude to you while you were out shopping. What do you say to her?

Northerners: Stop being a huge b*tch.

Southerners: Oh, bless your heart.



6. Unfortunately, you're driving and you see this on the opposite side of the road. What do you call this?



Northerners: A car accident

Southerners: A wreck


7. You call a long sandwich with toppings and condiments a:

Northerners: A hero

Southerners: A sub


8. During the summer time you call the bugs that light up, what?

Northerners: Lightning Bugs

Southerners: Fireflies



9. When you’re prohibited to use your phone you’re told to either put it away, or put it up.


Northerners: Put it away

Southerners: Put it up


10. Huge trucks on the highway. What do you call them?

Northerners: Tractor-trailers

Southerners: 18-wheelers


11. Lastly, the most obvious word difference. When addressing a group of people, what do you say?

Northerners: You guys

Southerners: Y'all


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I have learned to hold back tears when someone tells me that I sound like a man.

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My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be. I joke that rather than getting higher, my voice got lower throughout puberty.

My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be. I have learned to laugh when my family members say "Hi Todd" when they pick up the phone when I call. Todd is my brother. I am a girl.

My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be. I have learned to laugh when I have been asked by other females if they're "in the right bathroom" when I tell them "I'm not in line" or "someone's in here" when there's a knock on the stall.

Keep in mind that in most female bathrooms, there are no urinals present and there is a sign outside the door that says "WOMEN." Quite obviously, they're in the correct bathroom, just thrown off by the octave of my voice.

For the girl who asked me if she was in the right bathroom because she was "caught off guard and thought I was a boy," I'm just wondering...

What part about my long hair, mascara, shorts not down to my knees, presence (small presence, but a presence none the less) of boobs, and just my overall demeanor was not enough validation that you are, in fact, in the correct restroom?

My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be. I have learned to hold back tears when someone tells me that I sound like a man. Or, when someone calls me over to talk to their friends so they can see how "offsetting" my voice sounds to them.

My favorite story is when I was in a store, and I asked one of the women there a question about a product.

This woman had the audacity to ask me when I "went through my transformation."

She was suggesting that I was a transgender girl because of the sound of my voice. Please recognize that I respect and wholeheartedly accept the trans- population. Please also recognize that I was born a girl, still am a girl, always will be a girl, and asking someone if they are a different gender than they appear to be is not the best way to make a sale.

Frustrated, I told her that she should find a better plastic surgeon and walked out.

My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be.

And, to make matters worse, I am not your typical "girly-girl."

I die for the New York Rangers, have maybe two dresses in my closet but three shelves full of hand-me-down sweatshirts from my brother and Adidas pants. I do not own a "blouse" nor do I plan on owning one except maybe for business-casual occasions.

Naturally, when a deep voice is paired with a sports-oriented, athletic short-loving, sarcastic girl who couldn't tell you the difference between a stiletto and an average high-heel, I GUESS things can seem "off." However, regardless of the difference you see/hear, no one has the right to make someone feel bad about themselves.

What I always struggled with the most is how (most, moral, common-sense) people will never tell someone they don't know, who may be overweight, that "they're fat" or that they don't like the shirt that they're wearing. Yet, because my voice is not something physically seen, it has become fair game for strangers and acquaintances alike to judge and make comments about.

I used to break down into hysterics when I heard a comment about my voice, whether I was six years old or seventeen years old.

There are times that I still do because I am so fed up and just completely bamboozled by the fact that at the age of twenty, there are still people who just have a blatant disregard for others' feelings and a lack of understanding of what is okay to say and what is not okay to say.

But, just like I ask those people not to judge me, I suppose I can't judge them on their lack of common sense and respect for others.

I'd be lying if I said that the hundreds of thousands of comments I've heard and received targeted at my voice growing up did not play a role in my life. I used to want to be a sports broadcaster. I no longer want to be heard on the radio or seen on TV; snarky comments about my voice being one of the reasons why (among others, like a change of interest and just overall life experiences).

I'd be lying if I said that my struggle with public speaking didn't partially stem from negative feedback about my voice.

I'd be lying if I said that there weren't days I tried to talk as little as possible because I didn't want to be judged and that I am sometimes hesitant to introduce myself to new people because I'm scared my voice will scare them away.

I would also be lying if I said that my voice didn't make me who I am.

I joke constantly about it now, because half the shit that comes out of my mouth mixed with my actions, interests, beliefs, etc., would sound absolutely WHACK if I had a high-pitched "girly" voice.

My voice matches my personality perfectly, and the criticism I have and continue to receive for my "manly" sounding voice has helped shaped me into who I am today. I have learned to love my voice when people have relentlessly tried to make me hate it. I have learned to take the frustration I felt towards my voice and turn it into sympathy for those who have something going on in their life, and therefore feel compelled to make a comment about me, a stranger's voice, to make themselves feel better.

I've learned that to laugh at yourself is to love yourself.

And, I say this not for sympathy. Not for someone to say, "Wait, Syd, I love your voice!"

I say this because I want it to be a reminder for people to watch what they say, and use that noggin before you speak. I say this because I also want to be the voice (haha, get it, 'voice') for those who feel like they've lost theirs.

My voice is deep. Always has been, always will be. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

So no, I would not be a good alto in a choir because I think I'm tone deaf. And, when you call MY phone number, it is very unlikely that it is my brother or dad answering. Just say hello, because 99.9% of the time, if it's ME you're calling, it's ME that's answering.

Dr. Suess said, "A person's a person no matter how small."

Now I'm saying, "A girl is a girl no matter her octave."

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Always remember those that love and support you along the way. You are worth the effort!

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To Those Who Wait for No One,


I think that, often times than not, I have to rely on myself for a lot of things. When I was younger, I believed that everyone would automatically have my best interest and act upon those. In other words, if someone saw me having a rough time, they'd say something kind or do something to help.

As with most things when we get older, that belief quickly changed within me. It wasn't so much as me not trusting anyone, but relying heavier on myself to get things done, especially if it involved a goal. I never would expect others to be considerate as before, but I did find myself lingering around in hope that they would. I don't mean psychically hanging around other people, but emotionally believing that others would help. There was this remaining hope that there was still consideration to be found within everyone around me.

In my adult life, this statement is true to an extent. There is conscious effort and consideration in everyone, however, it's up to each individual on how, when, and with whom to use these. Some may never use it at all. That also goes for using effort for themselves to achieve what they want most. I know this sounds a bit confusing and maybe even far fetched, but waiting around for someone to place effort and consideration into what you're doing can hold you back. It's when you do things yourself and for yourself that dreams can become reality. There are too many days within the year to sit and wait. If you know what you want, get up and get it for yourself with all the passion and heart you have. Even if you don't know what you want, get what makes you happiest.

There is still something to think about though: rely on those around you who have no intention of leaving you. Do things on your own, yes, but don't push away those who support and love you the most. These are the gems of careful effort and consideration that can take you far. It's ok to be the One Who Waits for No One, but like myself, there is so much love around to help you get there too.


Encouragingly,

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