Interesting! I recall reading an article about the inhabitants of the area around the border of PA/MD--formerly part of the Mason-Dixon line, as you know. When questioned, most of those living south of the border said that they considered themselves Southerners. Most of those living above the border (in PA)--just a few miles away from the other group--said they never thought about themselves in that way (Northern or Southern), but when pressed to categorize, they said they would consider themselves Northerners.
I remember being overseas with a bunch of students from all over the U.S. Two in particular, from North Carolina, were *infuriated* every time any innocent person in our host country called us "Yanks." To them, we were all Yanks because all Americans are Yankees. To the boys from NC, being called a Yank was a terrible insult. I just kind of pointed and laughed--not being from New England *or* the South--and thought "Yank" was a great slangy way to refer to Americans.
I think many Canadians, as well, use the term interchangeably for "someone from the United States," though we were not in Canada.
It's all relative, I think. If you ask someone in North Carolina what the Deep South is, they'd tell you Alabama. It reminds me of a story that my grandfather told me about yankees. If you ask someone from South Carolina what a yankee is, he'll tell you it's anyone from New England. If you ask a New Englander, he'll tell you it's someone from Vermont. If you ask someone from Vermont, he'll tell you that it's someone who eats pie for breakfast.
I think Virginia is the deep south, though it's arguable, and we've had a Wawa here for two years or so.
I like the soft pretzels.
Edit: Virginia is culturally southern, though "Deep South" generally seems to refer to the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. I'd count Florida, but its culture, at least in the southern part, seems to have changed greatly from that of the "traditional Confederacy." Note: I am not trying to pick any fights!
Right, c_b! On a job I had once at a telephone company, the foreman told us that we were going to hang some "ahrn wahr." The only thing I could think of was Anwar Sadat and that this was going to be some kind of lynching.
Skipvia, don't forget "waw-ah." I had a heck of a time keeping a straight face watching Ken Burns's "The War" when they talked to Katharine Phillips, who lived in Mobile, Alabama. Every time she said "war" it came out "waw-ah"! (I'm a little embarrassed to admit, sometimes when she said it, I didn't have a clue what she was saying.)
I grew up in the northeast, and we always said "colors" instead of crayons.
Skipvia, you've reminded me of the time a friend of my mom's, who hailed from Mississippi, asked me for a pen. When I asked her what kind, she seemed confused. I found out why when I handed her a pin. She was highly offended. ;-)