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This isn't "slang," this is known by linguists as a Double-Modal and its usage has been very well documented here in Appalachia.

"Unfortunately most people down here generalize me as arrogant because they hear rude generalizations like ones above. Us Yanks like to toy with sarcasm and facetious comments, making us look unhappy and arrogant."

If you don't want to be perceived as arrogant and unhappy, stop making rude, arrogant generalizations. No one likes to be stereotyped. LIke many of us in the south understand, there is a great difference between Northerners and Yankees, just as there is a great difference between Southerners and Rednecks.

Crockett April 24, 2012, 12:47am

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Well MSfeller, you said a mouthfull, and said it very well and I concur. Retaining my dialect has been very beneficial. Around here, people can tell if you are, or are not FROM here and may be suspicious of you at first. When I tool around East Tenneseee doing my genealogy work and talking or interviewing people, asking directions, etc, people open up to me. They know I am "native to the soil" as the ole Bonny Blue Flag song says. Retaining my dialect has also been beneficial when doing some of the film work I have been involved with. My son is doing a play, however, set in Appalachia and the writers butchered the dialect and, of course, make the charachters look like white trash podunks.

On a side note, I was listending to someone from Ireland or Scotland talking about the making of a movie and they kept saying mirra for mirror, the same way I say mirror. Funny how our dialects have some similarities after so many years.

Lastly, SusieQ, I would be more than happy to share some peaches and shine with you. If you are ever in Knoxville, give me a holler.

Crockett November 14, 2011, 12:25am

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Using "might could" in writing in a "professsional" setting might could confuse the recipient. Ha ha ha. I don't know, I guess it depends on who the recipient is. It wouldn't bother me, but I doubt I would use the double modal if I were conducting business with someone I suspected as having a superiority complex.

Sarah Jane, very well put I must say. My sentiments exactly. I think of all the people and cultures of this republic, those in Appalachia are the most denigrated and they are often made to feel inferior. Of all people, we are the ones that others expect to change, to suit them, their ways, their beliefs, and yes, their way of speaking.

Yes, their minds are as sigogglin as a busted down ole barn. Thanks for what you had to say. If you were here I'd plant one on your jaw.

Crockett August 1, 2011, 7:20am

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Actually, I seem to recall reading that in the south contractions were not used much at all before or during the Civil War. I'm not sure when contractions became popular. Look at old letters from that time period and it seems you see the absence of contractions.

Crockett June 9, 2011, 2:01am

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Here in East Tennessee most of the white folks say "Ant," or "Aint." Colored folks usually say "Ahnt" or "Ahntee."

Crockett June 8, 2011, 6:38am

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I live in East Tennessee and "might could" is as common as "used to could," "might should," "used to did," "might could've," "might oughten to," and "used to could." These are called double modals and are conditional responses to questions posed. If I say "I might could" that means let me think about it. If someone asks me if I would like to go somewhere I might say, "Well, I might would." That means maybe if I'm able. If someone says, "Did you ever bale hay as a kid?" I will likely answer, "Well, I used to did."

We still use the archaic "Ye." I say yella for yellow, tomorra for tomorrow, and borra for borrow. My boss, who has a Phd in Electrical Engineering says "yella." We still say "warsh" for wash, as does our congressman and his wife. He even says "Warshington."

Ours IS NOT an accent, it is a dialect. It is not a "soutthern" accent. The south is made up of many dialects. More specifically, those in my region speak what is known as an Applachian Dialect (Pronounced Appa-latchia by the way, not Appa-layshe-a)

I have a B.S. and a B.A. and have a full grasp of what is considered "proper" grammar. I don't really consider anyone's grammar to be proper or correct. I prefer to use the term "Business English" to refer to how one may speak when conducting business with those who may judge them. I am bilingual that way.

Lastly, I don't for a minute cotton to the notion that I am stupid for using a dialect that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years in my region of the country. I am proud of it and ashamed of those who leave here and try to change their dialect to suit snot nosed Yankees, those folks who make fun of us yet say "ca" for car, "pak" for park, and "duwag" for dog. I'll be damned if I ever want to sound like everyone else, like a newscaster with a corncob up his a@#, or like someone who doesn't sound like they are from anywhere. How sad. My boys are tenth generation East Tennesseans. We have deep roots here and these roots make us who we are.

Crockett June 8, 2011, 6:31am

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