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It's a Southern Thang

It is exciting to see how many people from all over the world see our website and blog.   Today I want to talk about the South and Southern Hospitality.
True Southern traditions are passed down from generation to generation. 
Manners matter in the South.  Having good manners is ingrained in us from a very young age.  If you are from the south and don’t have good manners, your upbringing will definitely be questioned.
“Please” and “thank you” are a part of our vocabulary.  We say “Yes Ma’am” and No Ma’am”, “Yes Sir” and “No Sir” to our elders as a sign of respect.  This is second nature to us.
We hug! Southerners like meeting new people and we will probably hug you when we meet you for the first time.  Southerners like to talk as well and we will talk to strangers in restaurants, in the grocery store, etc.
True Southerners are usually humble people.  We are courteous and friendly.  Being a part of the bible belt, people from the South try to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others what you would have them do unto you”.
We drink sweet tea and when I say sweet I mean SWEET!  I didn’t realize until I was grown that sweet tea is a southern thing. 
If you are visiting and here these phrases…..” Well Cotton Pickin”,  “I’ll be John Brown” or “I swanee” , just know these are nice ways to say “swear words”.
Some additional phrases you may hear while you are in the south are:
Heavens to Betsy, Lord Have Mercy, Bless Your Heart, I do declare, and
The word “fixin” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb. I'm "fixin" to go to town........Only a Southerner knows how long “directly” is – as in “going to town, be back directly.”
 In the South we have “soul food” and we have “southernfood”.   Not all southern food is soul food but all soul food IS southern food!....Fried chicken, Fried catfish, hushpuppies, Biscuits and gravy (tomato or sausage), Collard greens, Black-eyed peas, grits, fried green tomatoes, peach cobbler, banana puddin’, pecan pie, sweet potato pie, chicken and dumplings, pig’s feet, pickled eggs, BBQ, candied yams…….
We southerners sometimes have our own vocabulary:
Alabama - Alabamer
Louisiana – Louisianer
window – winder
Chicago – ChiCARgo
spaluta – spatuler
Alright – aight
Did you – didja
going to – gonna
firefly – lightening bug
A friend of mine told me that she was visiting a city up north and stepped into an elevator and said “will you mash” the button for the second floor?  The person just looked at her…..She realized at that moment that she should have, for the sake of the northern ears, said "push" the second floor button.
Come to Clyde and Marie's Bed and Breakfast for a visit and we will sit on the porch and drink a big glass of sweet tea!  We would love to see ya!

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