are we really all hillbillies?
March 19, 2007 6:33pm CST
I live in Eastern Kentucky and I have traveled to different place,and every wheres people I spoke to thoughtit funny how i said things.One woman even told her little girl "if you don't pay attention in English class you'll be talking like that woman ." I was shocked.I then kept my mouth shut as much as possible.Do you use slang terms?Like, yellow is yeller,over there is over yonder, I agree is I reckon so, I dunno is I don't know?I many more where that came from.I did make my english teacher mad over my way of talking or talkn. I got more corrections in school than I ever heard anyone ever getting.What about you?Do think people in Kentucky speak badly ? We just have our own way of things.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I have visited in Kentucky and didn't notice anything except the drawl. It was kind of hard to miss. I don't mind people talking the way they want to talk when they are among friends, but, if you are applying for a job in some other area of the country, you should be willing to use what is recognized as acceptable English throughout the whole country. No one in Kentucky would wonder what you meant if you used the word yellow, but many in other parts of the country might wonder what you meant if you said you saw a yeller sweater that you liked. I guess it is kind of like the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do." (Unless it is disgusting or immoral of course.)