You talkin’ to us? The best from you this week

One thing we love at RSM is getting to interact with you, our readers, in the comments section of our posts. The conversation this week has been fun and insightful. Here’s a selection of some of the best comments of the week:

“The ‘first shot of the war against bland sameness.’

That’s going to be, perhaps, one of the most interesting parts of this. The war against “bland sameness” can be construed by some as a war against tradition… and that tradition most definitely includes the legacy of the Lost Cause which, in some, has become so deeply entrenched that they believe that the South = Confederacy. Therefore, they can’t see or can’t accept the incredible diversity of sentiment/opinion and Southerness that existed, even at the time of the war.

I’m looking forward to following… even when you aren’t talking about the South in relation to the ‘wahwar.'”

“Big deal. Hitler’s ghost appears to me each night and sexually harasses me.”

  • Our Twanglish Lessons proved to be a popular source of conversation, maybe because anyone has ever set foot in the South can relate to them. For example, reader Pamela Copeland gave us this anecdote:

“My favorite example of Twanglish being misunderstood came from a German man who was visiting Birmingham for business. He had been going to a restaurant near his hotel for breakfast every morning for about a week. He spoke English – but not very well. He came in to work one morning chuckling. I asked him what was so funny. He told me that every morning that week, he had gone to the restaurant and been confused about our hospitality. Apparently the waitress had come up to him and asked him ‘would you like her daughter’? After many awkward mornings, he finally figured out that she was saying ‘Would you like to order!'”

  • Finally, we’re starting to think we should do stories about Coca-Cola every week, because y’all drank them up like…well, like a nice, cold Co-Cola. Between the Twanglish Lesson on Coke and Wayne Franklin’s story about the iconic Southern drink, it was our most commented topic. A sample comment from reader Courtney:

“Truth! I grew up in Texas but my mom’s family is from Michigan. We were visiting for a time one summer when I was in elementary school and I ordered a coke at a restaurant; I was completely confused when the waiter didn’t ask me what kind I wanted but just brought me a Coke.”

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