For the coasts, one has liberals and the other has conservatives (mostly-ish-y).
But for North Carolina... there are a few significant items (which I will list here for you, because I'm awesome).
Ok. Look. You might pretend your bbq is delicious, but in NC, we do it, and we do it right. But we have different ways of doing it. Example: Eastern NC bbq is usually vinegar based (not so yummy), but Western NC bbq is honey based (yummmmmm). I hear that Western NC bbq is like Kansas style bbq, but we can steal being first in flight from Ohio cause those boys decided that the OBX was the place to make flyin' happen, so we can steal bbq props too.
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3. Ways of speaking
Let me be clear about something. North Carolina is in The South. See how I capitalized that? It's because The South is a proper noun. We all speak southern, but mountain folk talk different than the coastal folk. If you're trying to pretend in your head that I'm reading this to you with a redneck accent, stop, because you're doing it wrong. If you added the not silent -uh to the end of wrong, you might be talkin to me too much.
Southern - I was talkin to Bill the other day, and ya'll ain't even gonna guess what he done.
English - I was talking to Bill the other day and you are not even going to guess what he did.
Now, for a story to illustrate East vs West NC speakin.
My roommate in college was from eastern NC. Fountaintown actually. And in ebonics it would have sounded like this: Fount-annn-town. I'm from western NC. Lenoir actually. And in ebonics that would sound like this: Lee-nor.
One day, after I returned from class, Mally said to me (direct quote), "The printer weren't workin cause it weren't plugged in." I was baffled. I had no idea what the words directed at me meant. My face explained this with its confused look, and after a few seconds of trying to decipher what had happened, I said, ever so eloquently, "huh?"
Mally: The printer weren't workin' cause it weren't plugged in.
Me: The printer weren't workin' cause it weren't plugged in?
Me: The printer weren't workin' cause it weren't plugged in? (mostly to myself at this point because I knew it was something about the printer)
Mally - stares at me.
Me - thinking on this, decide that its like a math problem, too many contractions, lets simplify.
Mally - moved on to whatever she was doing before I entered the room.
Me: (excitedly) OHHHHH!!!! The printer WAS NOT working because it WAS NOT plugged in! I GET IT!
Mally: Thats what I said.
Me: I didn't understand all those contractions and double negatives, my bad.
Ok, maybe that last line I wish I would have said, but not the point. The point is, sometimes even North Carolinians (that is pronounced care-o-len-ians) don't even understand each other. So the next time you're talking to your favorite southerner (who doesn't have to be me), and you have no idea what they're sayin', just know that no one else knows what they're sayin' either.
PS. The other speaking quirk I have is that anytime I say anything that ends in a 'g', I add an 'uh' sound to the end of it. Example: Wrong is pronounced wrong(uh). When I articulate the 'g' at the end of words that don't normally have the 'g' dropped off, the -uh always magically can be heard. But if its supposed to have a 'g' and it can be dropped, it usually gets dropped instead of the -uh being added. Example: Driving becomes drivin' instead of driving(uh), unless I'm making a point. :)
Speaking Southern is VERY complicated.
|I've been tryin' since college to lose my Southern accent (source)|