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southernism

[suhth-er-niz-uh m]
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noun
  1. a pronunciation, expression, or behavioral trait characteristic of the U.S. South.
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Origin of southernism

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; Southern + -ism
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Historical Examples

  • Somehow her crisp, cleancut speech (Joan had quite abandoned Southernism) made his own seem hideous, drawling, uncouth.

    Why Joan?

    Eleanor Mercein Kelly