Monday, June 24, 2013

A Southern Series: Coke, Barbecues and Buggies

Y'all, the strangest thing is happening! I find, that the longer that I live Below the Mason Dixon Line, the less "southern" things seem.  I used to be able to take on southern aspects of life weekly, but now these things seem less "southern" and more "normal."

I was sitting on a friend's screened porch this weekend and we were discussing southern vernacular.  ~ As and aside, while screened in porches are not "southern" I'm finding they are a necessity in the south, given the flies and the heat. One needs a covered space with a fan to keep cool and often, on a southern evening, the breeze on the porch with the fan is more pleasant than being inside with the air conditioning on.  

I do not have one.

I do have a front porch, but my house faces west, so you cannot sit on it in the afternoon. We practically need a pot holder to open the front door some days.

In my next house...

Anywho, we were sitting on the screened porch discussing vernacular, southern vs northeastern.

Without further ado, I ask you:

1. What so you call a flavored carbonated beverage?

2. What do you call it when you have friends over and feed them food that you have grilled on your outdoor grill?

3. What is that thing you put your groceries in at the grocery store?


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1. The South: Coke
The Northeast: Soda

2. The South: Cookout
The Northeast: Barbecue

3. The South: Buggy
The Northeast: Cart

18 comments:

Angelwithatwist said...

Well I am in KY and I call it a pop, a cookout and a cart lol.. I hate the word buggy I have no clue why it just simply doesn't sound right to me..

The Dose of Reality said...

Definitely call it a cart! And I tend to say soda, which horrifies all of my friends and family from Texas, since I grew up there.-Ashley

Andrea B. said...

Some of this sounds quite familiar ... ;)

Soda, BBQ and cart, for sure.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Yes, I saw you posting some of the same things on fb... I giggled because I already had this ready to go! :-)

ChiTown Girl said...

Here in the midwest, it's pop, barbeque and cart. =)

Be-Quoted.com said...

I am a California girl who currently lives in the Southeast and once lived near the mid-west. I have heard all kinds of lingo. In my house, my husband who is from VA says cookout. I say bar-b-que. In Cali we say soda. In the mid-west they call it pop. Another difference I noticed is that in the North and Southeast they call athletic shoessneakers whereas we call them tennis shoes.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

OMGracious! I forgot about the sneakers/tennis shoes thing!

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

OMGracious! I forgot about the sneakers/tennis shoes thing!

Mommyof1 said...

I'm in the South and for me and most people I know it's...soda, cookout and cart.


As for tennis shoes, that's what everyone I know called them growing up in the 70's/80's.

Mommyof1 said...

I'm in the South and for me and most people I know it's...soda, cookout and cart.


As for tennis shoes, that's what everyone I know called them growing up in the 70's/80's.

Leigh Powell Hines said...

Oh, we love our porch.

A buggy? Really? I've never thought about saying a buggy...but then maybe I have on occasion, but I say cart.

You know...I have said buggy. Too funny.

Leiah said...

Here in the Bayou State (and Texas where I grew up) we call it coke, bbq and either buggy or basket.

And yes, when we ask someone if they want a coke we then ask what kind. It's just one of those brand names that have become a generalized term - like thermos, band-aid and chapstick. Or maybe that's just a Southern thing, too?

Shell said...

It's soda over here. And it was pop back in Pittsburgh. I crack up when we're back home and someone offers one of my boys a pop. They have not a single clue what that means.

Diane said...

Ha! Yes, I say cookout (or simply "grilling out") and buggy but I don't call every soda a Coke. I call it whatever it is...Coke, Diet Coke, Diet Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, which I am not a fan of. I hate going to a restaurant and ordering a Diet Coke only to have the server ask me if Diet Peps is okay? NO! It's not the same!

I was dating a guy once (before I me Charlie) who was originally from Michigan but lived in Florida. He came up to see me once and we went to the movies where he tried to order me a a diet "pop". The poor kid working there was so confused...he kept trying to give me a popcorn. I had to clear things up for everybody. ;)

Leah said...

Definitely soda - or pop - or soft drink. BBQ - never heard of a cook out?!?!? And it's a cart. So funny how things are so different depending on where you live! So cool to get to know these different things!

Heather said...

Oh we are all mixed up here. I grew up in Rochester, NY where it was pop and then lived in the south for several years and now back in the northeast. How about diapers? I know in the South they always call them Pampers - which used to throw me off. And how about a water fountain. In my neck of the woods we call a water fountain a bubbler. So weird, huh?

Cyndy Bush said...

Well, you already know my answers to those questions. LOL
We don't have a porch at all right now. =( We NEED one!!

Mimi B said...

This is so funny! I say: pop, bbq, and grocery cart. Fred always says soda. He also says sofa and I say couch. When we see a VW Bug, we say "slug bug" and they say "punch buggie". It doesn't even rhyme! lol we have so much to learn, or to teach them!