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Post by Momlovesbooks » 08 Dec 2015, 09:43

It's a Southern term, but doesn't have to be used by hillbillies in overalls. I remember my grandmother saying variations of it.

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Post by DennisK » 08 Dec 2015, 11:37

OK, you don't HAVE to wear overalls, but it would certainly help. If I would read a New York gangster using that term, I would cease to believe in the character. How about an Italian romeo jumping up exclaiming, “Dag Namit!” The very thought makes me laugh. Stereotyping a character is much of what literature does. In that context, I suppose all readers and writers are bigots. If I were developing a character who used that kind of language, it would be someone who was close to the land, prone to curse, and probably wore his baseball cap, backwards. May God help me! .

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Post by bookowlie » 08 Dec 2015, 19:21

Well said DennisK. As the gangster would say, "Fuggedabodit."
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Post by DennisK » 08 Dec 2015, 20:20

:obscene-smokingpimp:
:lol:

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Post by bookowlie » 08 Dec 2015, 21:08

Somehow the Southern phrases seem like something outsiders never understand, while NY slang expressions make sense.

Or is it just me?
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Post by DennisK » 08 Dec 2015, 21:19

bookowlie wrote:Somehow the Southern phrases seem like something outsiders never understand, while NY slang expressions make sense.

Or is it just me?
I don't know about that, as I would have never guessed what "grinder" meant.

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Post by bookowlie » 09 Dec 2015, 08:54

"Grinder" is not used in NY at all...it's a New England term. Although it's still the Northeast, New Englanders have their own unique expressions and culture. :)
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