This is my funny Yankee story: I am from Northern California. Shortly after moving to Texas(Dallas area) I was walking in our suburban town, and an elderly lady with a strong Texas accent asked me for directions. After our conversation, she commented on my accent by saying, 'You sure can tell you're a Yankee!' Coming from the west coast, I had never before considered myself a Yankee, but since her comment, I DO!
Heh! I'm also from California (Sacramento), and have been living in the south (Memphis) for the last several years. Never got called a yankee, but I've had people say stuff like, "You're not from around here, are you?" in a way that they already knew the answer.
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It has taken 22 years, but now family from back home tell me I 'sound Southern'. But not to Texas ears!
I used to travel through the south alot for work. I'd always get called a Yankee, I am one btw. Well I like to consider myself more of a swamp Yankee.
It was often the first thing out if people's mouth after hello. Then they'd always say "bless your heart".
It got so bad I had to start leaving my kepi and musket at home.
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