1. Take your own sweet time when doing ANYTHING.
2. Pronounce all one-syllable words as if they had two syllables.
3. When giving directions, finish with “it’s right down yonder on the left.” Confuses them no end!
4. Talk REAL slow, and (even when you hear them the first time) always ask them to speak more slowly so you can understand what they’re saying.
6. Talk loudly and often about SEC football or ACC basketball.
7. Refer to every soft drink as a “Coke.”
8. Always order sweet tea and/or grits. When they don’t have it, raise a ruckus.
9. Offer to send ’em a bottle of fresh air.
10. Insist on being addressed by your first AND middle names. (e.g. Lisa Marie, John Michael, Jim Bob, etc. . . .)
11. Frequently bring up “The War of Northern Aggression” in conversation. If anyone ever says the words “Civil War”, always interject that “there was nothing civil about it.”
12. Address all males as “son” and females as “little lady”.
13. Correct their pronunciation of certain words. For example: It’s “Pah-kahn” not “Pee-can”.
15. For New York Yankees: Act as if the whole state of New York is New York City. In other words, if they say “Yo, I’m from upstate New Yoik!”, say “Well I’ll be, my wife has always wanted to see a Broadway show!”
16. When invited to dinner, offer to bring dessert. Show up with a box of Moon Pies . . . preferably the banana ones.
17. Name all of your children “Bubba”.
18. Use the word “reckon” in a sentence and watch their reaction.
19. “Mash” buttons. “Cut off” lights. “Carry” the kids to school. Always remember (especially in Texas) it’s not a “pond”, it’s a “tank.”
20. Never simply “do” something. Always be “fixin’ to do” something.
21. Tell them you don’t have an accent, they do.
22. Be sure to include “yes/no ma’am/sir” in all conversations . . . Offends the devil out of ’em.
23. Only use landmarks and ramble on when giving directions. “Now go down Jeff Davis Highway and turn left at where the Chevron station used to be. I think they turned it into a Amoco. Or maybe a BP.
Anyway, turn right there . . . ” “You said left.” “Did I? Well, turn left there and follow it until you see a big fish on your left. I remember when that fish used to be on the other side of town . . . ”
24. Ask them if it’s still snowing up North. Then tell ’em you went driving around in your convertible this weekend.
25. Call them a “Yankee”. Works every time!