Originally Posted by tylerm713
I'm going to change gears and go not with words themselves, but the pronunciation of them. Pecan is pronounced puh-con. Not pee-can. Praline is pronounced prah-leen. Not pray-leen. So when I hear someone on TV say "Pee-can pray-leen", I just want to hit something.
I have to comment that pecan is one of those words that is pronounced differently depending on the region of the US where you hear it. I pronounce it "pee-can" because in south Georgia where I grew up and lived for 24 years, that is how it was said. In Indiana, people said pee-cahn. My friend in PA says it peck-an, emphasis on peck. Praline was always pronounced pray-leen where I grew up and I don't recall ever hearing it said prah-leen. Hearing it pronounced pe-cahn is annoying to me because it's foreign to my ears, same as prah-leen.
As far as all the yawls coming out of Paula Deen's mouth, I do not and have not ever spoken like that. Now if I am saying the plural, "you all", yes it is "y'all". However, I never use "y'all" as a singular pronoun. Again, that's how it is in the region of the country where I grew up and it's not much different here in Virginia where I live now. I don't use honey, sugar, and all that unless I'm joking around or being sarcastic and that is only with friends. However, "yes sir, no ma'am" is part of how I was raised so I do say it to those who are older than me or in some sort of authority or as a way of being polite to strangers.
I don't like overly descriptive menus either. However, in some cases, I wish some menus had better descriptions on them. I don't want some flowery, overdone description but in the case of a Mexican restaurant near me, I would like a bit more details of what their entrees include. I love their food but have been hesitant to try new dishes because I am not sure what all is in them. Some of the waitstaff converse in English well but others do not and my Spanish hasn't been used in over 15 years.