Here's another fun map of Dixie Land.
Bless their hearts, I don't have any id'e why they left OK off that there map.
OK is absent, I see...y'all talk about part of MO being "Little Dixie"; the S.E. quadrant of OK bears that name, too, for the exact same reason.
I never did understand this talk about what exactly constitutes the "South".
History -- the above flag, really...
Accent(s) -- which you get a good chance to sample, as we tend to have the "gift of gab." Either that, or nothing more than a, "Yyyyyyyep."
Manners and mannerisms, chivalry (boarders on chauvanism at times) and hospitality (along with the requisite dose of utter hypocrisy and insincerity that goes along with it) -- We have a saying around here: "We may be about to go out and shoot each other in a duel to the death...but, please, let's not dispense with the pleasantries!"
I dasn't dare forgit our expressions;
"Gimme some sugar!"
"Too big fer his/her britches."
"That dog don't hunt!"
"She threw a hissy fit."
"Fat/Full as a tick."
"Sug'" (short for 'Sugar', what my grandparents called each other)
"Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full 'o rockin' chairs."
"If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump it's butt a-hoppin!"
"Purty as a daisy in the sun."
"Plumb tuckered out."
We also know the distance between "Pert near" and "Way off yonder."
"Might could" and "Usetacould"
"What in the Sam Hill?!?
"Crooked as a dog's layg"
I could go on and on, but these are a few of my favorites. Plus, as David said, the gift of gab (and wit) is purty common 'round these parts.