southernism

[ suhth-er-niz-uhm ]
/ ˈsʌð ərˌnɪz əm /

noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for southernism

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

    Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly