I grew up in Southwest Missouri. While this area is not super Southern, the residents tend to have a special twang of their own. I am fortunate that after a few years of living in Kansas City, I have lost this twang and it only comes out when I am super excited or say certain things. Ken and I were talking the other day about a few of the things I say and a few of the things I do not say.
Fixin' - I have never said this. It just did not seem right.
Y'all - I did say this once upon a time. I had to train myself not to say this. In fact, this is probably the easiest thing to go back to saying. I have to watch it. If I say it once, it will stick!
Pop - I used to say pop and I trained myself to say soda.
Bless your heart - I am so guilty of saying this all of the time. My friend Michelle totally makes fun of me for this. Whatever, she is from Iowa. ;)
So stinkin' sweet - I also catch a lot of grief from Michelle for saying this one. I cannot help it. Sometimes things are so stinkin' sweet!
Dilly Dally - You know, when you are piddling away or wasting time.
Piddling - Wasting time. My mom always says this and it stuck with me.
And the biggest thing that I had to break myself of is saying my husband's name, Ken. Yeah, hard to mess up right? Well, I used to say Kin with a twang. I did not even realize that I was doing it. Lovely. Fortunately, he did fall in love with me with my Missouri Twang and all. Luckily, I know pronouce his name correctly unless I am super excited. :)