Ok yeah those regions are bad too. Frankly, the further from a coast you are here, the worst it is it seems.
OOFDA! Now I have been offended by such comments! The dialectics of each region are as varied as the ancestors and the original languages they spoke.
We, here in the great north woods, do not speak anything but American.....mostly. The way that those fools spoke in the movie Fargo only left us laughing.
the "Ya you betcha" and "silly bugger" comments are only used in jest! I have traveled much of the world and can speak greetings in more languages than I can usually remember from day to day. It is true that a lot of Americans can be traced to a certain part of the country by our speech patterns and even our accents but that does not mean that we are ignorant of the language!
When I am not paying attention, and because I grew up within a mile of the Canadian border I will sometimes say "Aye" without thinking. But that is about it.Some people would find it odd that I'm a Californian and I don't sound like a surfer.
Although I do admit to using the word "Dude" a lot when referring to people
I actually like the southern accent, being from Alabama and all. I find Northern American accents to be a bit rushed and brash. And it's soda, not pop. That was the hardest thing to get over, my lord. But then again southern accents can be a bit ridiculous in extremes. My favorite is "I ain't not never..." You wouldn't believe how many people actually say this.
The further you stray from London , the scarier it gets...
Now this idea popped into mind in large part because I live next door to a family of rednecks. (I'm not using the term offensively; it's just a fact. And yes you might be a redneck if you have a portable meat smoker parked in your driveway 24/7 and or you think wearing a camo hunting jacket during the summer midday sun is "cool" or the like)
But yeah the kids of this family, besides being racist little pricks (My first day back instead of being greeted by: "Hello, neighbor." It was more akin to "CHING CHONG YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?") seem to have failed out of Elementary school grammar.
Which of course irks me a little. Why? Because I keep meeting people from around the world (Especially on this forum). English definitely wasn't their first language. And yet their mastery of it makes individuals who are native to this country look bad.
I will make note that having lived in more than one State (Bounced between Alabama and Florida a bit as a child) and having experienced both private and public schools; there is a quite a difference between education levels within each area. Nonetheless why is it that Americans can't even do a half-decent job on their own language while Europeans/Asians/Austalians can master 2 to 5 different languages seemingly flawlessly? (My Serbian International Relations professor could speak in 7 different languages...)
I honestly have no idea how to react to this....
I was born and raised in both Texas and New Mexico. So I have a *really* Southern drawl with a mix of Spanglish. Of course, after just moving to the D.C. area, I have Northerners ask me all the time to say something in my Southern Belle accent like some sort of side attraction on a daily basis. As for rednecks, I think it depends on who you talk to. My husband is what I like to call a high-class redneck since he acts like a proper gentleman in public, but can go completely redneck if you have he and his family together in the same place. He was raised in the backwoods with the trailer parks in both Pennsylvania and North Dakota. Funny enough, he ended up getting a Canadian accent while he lived in North Dakota, too.
In conclusion, there are people out there who use proper English when they need or have to and there are people who don't give two shits what anyone thinks.