Saying sugar and yelling your full name: southern or not?
June 2, 2011 9:09 PM Subscribe
Two questions about vocabulary in the American South and elsewhere: did your parents call you sugar and did they, when you were in trouble, use both your first and middle names to summon you for the reckoning?
posted by mygothlaundry to Grab Bag (81 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In my family, sugar is an all purpose term of endearment, mostly used for children but also for lovers and friends and, well, generally. I always thought this was universal but my daughter says that it is not at all and in fact marks you as southern. Hmm. I am not sure that I agree.
Piggybacking on that conversation, we found another oddity. In my family (and I assumed universally) children are called to order by, first, their first name (if they're not really in trouble) and then their first and middle name (if they're in trouble and need to know it) and then, their first, middle and last name (the shit has hit the fan, all is discovered, you had better be right there right now, no excuses.) I have always assumed this was just all parents everywhere but maybe I was wrong.
We turn to the hive mind. Is sugar a uniquely southern endearment? And is an escalating level of trouble indicated by the use of your various names uniquely southern, or not?