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The Explainer at Slate does it again. I commented on this the other day, but little did I know then that I was actually a “code shifter” when I’m hangin’ with the clan back in Vah-GIN-ya and talking mountainspeak.

Hillary’s not the only one trying to convince us of her Southern bona fides. In Full Professor Elrod’s case, the more hard-core secessionists among his rowdy and far-flung boiled peanut gallery may have finally disabused him of the notion. I think it was the part about lapsing into Delawarespeak that did him in.

Huntsville is about as cosmopolitan as you can get in Alabama with so many transplants from all over the country and world. But if you cross the Whitesburg Bridge and the Tennessee River and head down ’round AAY-rahub way, the Southern dialect suddenly grows twangier than a Flannery O’Connor dialogue.

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  1. Tarwater

    I highly recommend O’Connor’s Habit of Being, a collection of her letters. Especially noteworthy is her discussion of Doctrine as a penetration into the depth of truth.

    Also funny is her ‘innocent’ spelling thruout.

  2. Mike the Eyeguy

    My favorite O’Connor line, as spoken by The Misfit in A Good Man Is Hard to Find:

    “She would of been a good woman if it had been somebody to shoot her every minute of her life.”

    So true, so true…

  3. Terri

    What? You ain’t never been to Cullman? We’re all kind of diversified! 🙂

  4. Mike the Eyeguy

    I have too been to Cullman! In fact, it’s one of my favorite waysides on the road to Birmingham.

    And you’re right, y’all are purty die-VERSE-e-fide! There’s McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and KFC all there right together!

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