We were talking the other day at lunch about how the South has been rubbing off on me a bit. I’m a die-hard sweet tea fan now (although without the lemon as pictured here), and that is what I drink with most meals when I am down there. I’ve taste-tested all the brands in the convenience stores (The Man has to visit one at least once a day), and Gold Peak is my favorite, but I’ll drink Arizona if I have to. The rest are just swill. Oh, and McDonald’s usually has the best of all, and it’s only $1!
I’ve also picked up a few little phrase here and there, like when you ask someone to put something away, you say, “Will you put that up, please?” I actually used this phrase with my band students one day, telling them to “put (their) instruments up,” and they promptly held their instruments in the air, looking around at each other as if to say, “What the -?”
I don’t think I’ll ever call my purse a “pocketbook”, though, nor will I call a bedroom “suite” a bedroom “suit”.
But I am a natural mimic, so “y’all” might catch me saying “y’all” a bit in the future…