The North has Bloomingdale's; the South has Dollar General.
The North has coffee houses; the South has Waffle Houses.
The North has dating services; the South has family reunions. (Yes, that's a joke to make all y'all Northerners feel better.)
The North has switchblade knives; the South has Lee Press-on Nails.
The North has double last names; the South has double first names.
The North has Indy car races; The South has NASCAR.
The North has Cream of Wheat; the South has grits.
The North has green salads with lettuce; the South has collard greens.
The North has lobsters; the South has crawdads. And catfish.
The North has the rust belt; the South has the Bible Belt. The South definitely got the better deal on this one.
FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . . .
If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store. Do not buy food at this store.
Remember, "Y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is plural possessive.
"Well, bless your heart" isn't necessarily a blessing.
Get used to hearing, "Y'all ain't from 'round here, are y'all?"
Save all manner of bacon grease; you’ll be instructed later on how to use it.
Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can't understand you, either.
The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big ole," as in "big ole truck", or "he's a big ole boy." Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.
The "proper" pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.
Be advised that "He needed killin’” is a valid Southern defense. The remedy is to be polite.
If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this!" you should stay out of the way. These may likely to be the last words he (or she) will ever say.
If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery
store. It doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.
Do not be surprised to find that 10-year-olds own their own shotguns, or that they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim. There's a good chance all of them can shoot better than you can.
In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway. (This works in New Mexico, Arizona, and the high Mojave as well; the difference is that they try to gravel the entire front yard.)
One last thing:
If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think they'll necessarily be accepted as Southerners ... at least not right away. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, you wouldn't call 'em biscuits.