Entries tagged with “regionalism”

The Power of Sticking Out Like a Sore Thumb

South Dakota, you may know, is not New York or Connecticut.  For one, the roads are straighter and longer.  “Close” in New York is 5 streets or 2 avenues away; in Connecticut it is anything less than 5 miles away.  In South Dakota, “close” is anything under a 2 hour drive.  And the people are very chatty.  You can’t order a cup of coffee without 2 minutes of chitchat about the weather, where you come from, or the Sturgis Rally.  Worse still, I keep ordering these wacky Northeast beverages, like “seltzer” and “unsweetened ice tea.”  I even ordered hot tea after... More
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