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1. An expression or a pronunciation characteristic of the southern United States or southern England.
2. A trait, attitude, or practice characteristic of the South or southerners, especially in the United States.
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1. (Linguistics) an expression typical of the south
2. the characteristic of being southern
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(ˈsʌð ərˌnɪz əm)

a pronunciation, expression, or behavioral trait characteristic of the U.S. South.
[1860–65, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.southernism - a locution or pronunciation peculiar to the southern United States
locution, saying, expression - a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations; "pardon the expression"
2.southernism - an attitude characteristic of Southerners (especially in the US)
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
U.S.A., United States, United States of America, US, USA, America, the States, U.S. - North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
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Orientalism thus becomes cartographically reoriented into European "Southernism," constituted by the "topoi of a torpid, sunny, and passionate south" with its "licentious women" and hot tempers (379).
On sale were T-shirts reading: ''Ni hao, y'all'' -- combining the Chinese version of ''hello'' with a colloquial Southernism.
and tribalism and alcoholism and snooty romanticized Southernism,
Thus, one wonders, where is our contribution to the construction of south, and where is our patriotism, Southernism and why are we selling south just for the sake of self enrichment!
She offers in evidence a photo caption last October: "The largest chest of drawers in North Carolina turned out to be not that big of a deal." The court ventures a notion that "that big of a deal" may be a Southernism.
"I just don't git it!" Sandy cries, and hearing this Southernism stabs Phyllis's heart.
The coarsened sensibility that this now-dominant Southernism and Frontierism has brought to our politics is unmistakable.
Harrison noted in 1920, "We say Race First, because you have all along insisted on Race First and class after when you didn't need our help." (9) Harrison would note elsewhere that socialist organizing groups were beset by an indefatigable "southernism" by which he meant an active racism and white supremacy that jimcrowed African Americans when they attempted to participate meaningfully in socialist organizing.
Like their mentor, the contributors emphasize the centrality of place and time when exploring the varied expressions of Southernism.
Maybe that is Southernism. I mean he had a good heart.
Born at a time when the harsh conditions of the Reconstruction were at last being accepted grimly by the defeated South, she saw the defects of the South, but she has a character in The Sheltered Life (1932) say, "It is all nonsense to talk as if Southerners were a special breed, all wanting the same things and thinking after the same pattern." She refused to make Southernism a special mental ailment, as some other writers have done.
Even later it dawned on me that SF was considered antithetical to Southernism. I think this latter attitude was born of two stereotypes: (a) all Southerners are deeply connected to nature (whereas SF was supposed to be divorced from it), and (b) all Southerners are too stupid to be interested in anything that required even rudimentary scientific savvy.