What is your impression of a redneck and the variations?

@SomeCowgirl (32270)
United States
July 15, 2008 1:13pm CST
When you hear the word "redneck" "hick" "cowboy" "cowgirl" "Hillbilly" or "Southerner" What do you think? Were you raised as one? I have always been a redneck, you know the whole t.v on top of the broken t.v. thing. The eating Mashed Taters and Fried Okrie and eaten some country steak and gravy, etc. I've always used words that you could classify as Southern. Maybe not always, however, because there was a point where I started to act more Northern. I had all Northern friends, and just acting from the South would get me made fun of. I stopped acting Northern though, when I moved to the country. My friends all but dissed me, wait they did that to. Now that I live in the country and have gone back to my heritage, I have "changed to much". So have you ever changed so drastically? Was it for friends? What do you consider to be Redneck? It's funny because my so called friends acted redneck themselves, but when I actually represented a true redneck I had suddenly "changed". I would greatly appreciate that any content submitted here would be written in a serious manner. Please if you do not understand what I am asking feel free to ask. Do not just assume.
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@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Baby,when I hear the words you mentioned I think of honest hard working southern folk who actually care for their neighbors unlike a bunch of the northern people,I was raised as a redneck,and I am proud of it,I can not say that we ever had a television on a broken television,but when I was little I used to eat mashed taters and fried okrie and county steak and gravy,except now that I am older,I am very picky about what I eat,I have always used words you could classify as souther words,and I have and never will change,I know you for a while changed for your friends,because they made fun of your southern heritage,and I am glad that you changed back to your roots, and yeah your friends may have dissed you,but no one cares about them people,and yeah it is funny,because your ex friends did like to act redneck.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jul 08
yep I know you speak all southern like but sometimes it's hard to tell since i've been around you and well other people of course that speak just like us. I like our accent though. I also know that your picky as all get out!
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• United States
16 Jul 08
Yeah I know sometimes it is hard to tell when you are around a bunch of people who speak the same way,and yeah I lover our accent too,it is much better than a northern accent,and yeah I am definately picky like all get out,and I always will be,I love you so much,have a great day,good luck in your life,and Happy Posting.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I love you!
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• United States
16 Jul 08
I consider myself a southern redneck, but i am ashamed to admit i wasn't born in the south, but spent 90% of my life in a small town in tennessee. Most of my family lives in the north and like to call me just hear me talk or describe to there friends the area in which i live. They would get a kick out of the fact that i had a horse farm on two sides of me and two corn fields on the other. And lets not even discuss my accent. LOL
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Jul 08
As long as you are not made fun of. I had friends that moved down here from the North and started to make fun of me because of my accent. You don't have to be born here, but being bred here you understand more. I am sure it was an amazement to them. Have a Wonderfully Lovely Day!
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@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
15 Jul 08
LOL...I never thought Rednecks and Southerners were one and the same. We have plenty of people up here that I'd call rednecks. Heck for that matter I think we fit the bill pretty well...not long ago we had a snapping turtle in a cat carrier just for the fun of showing off to stepson's rich friend/son of a doctor/city boy. We've got race cars and broken cars in the yard...or weeds rather since the garden tractors broke too. We zip tie and duct tape things together. We have a freezer on the porch and a recliner in the garage lol.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
16 Jul 08
That sounds pretty redneck. In all honesty I suppose that they are not always one in the same but as a Southern girl I like to think that all that stuff happens down here! I appreciate your response immensely, Have a Wonderfully Lovely day and Bless You!
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@irishidid (8563)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I think there is a distinction between redneck and Southerners. I don't think all rednecks are southerners. I'm from the midwest I know a lot of people who would classify as redneck. As far as Hillbillies go I think of the mountain people of the Ozarks such as the Baldknobbers. I probably have a touch of redneck in me even as a burb girl. There are influences in place that make us what we are, whether we want to admit it or not.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I'll admit that when I think Redneck I think Southern. Any variation of the word, I always think Southern. I know that it's probably highly generalized of me. I won't deny it. I appreciate your response.
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• United States
17 Jul 08
be who you are, that is the only way you will be truely happy, and no offence to your so called friends, if they dont like you for who you are then they are not really your friends. I was raised in the city, am engaged to a redneck hillbilly from deep in the "hollers" of west virginia, now that is redneck, but I'll tell you I wouldnt have him any other way, that is who he is. and at times someone will ask me what i'm doing w/ such a redneck i just ask if they're jealous, hehe, then tell em I may have gone w/ them if they had at least a little redneck in em. and I too like my taters mashed, i'm still not too hot on fried okrie, but my man and my brother loves em. but there aint nothen better then gool ol biscuts and bacon gravy, oh my favorite. be yourself hun and be proud of it. Peace and smiles
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I appreciate your response to me and I have to agree that the best way to be is yourself. I changed and I realized that it was stupid of me to. I know that it doesn't matter where your from it only matters who you are, but it seems to my so called friends it makes all the difference. Again I appreciate your response and hope that you have a very wonderfully lovely day!
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• China
18 Jul 08
i figure out there is a long distance with twist to who we are "our goal" in life, redneck is only abused word that try to block our way and make us depressed , so what we do is to tick it out and keep going toward our goal!
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
18 Jul 08
I can understand what you mean by "redneck" being a derogatory word and that it can only hurt us if we let people use it insultingly. However, I was not meaning to sound insulting.
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