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February 1, 2012 12:17 PM Subscribe
Is "I appreciate you!" (as said to a waitress, for instance) heard outside Tennessee?
posted by fritley to Writing & Language (73 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A few years ago I was eating at an informal restaurant with a gentleman visiting from Eastern TN, and when the waitress brought his food or drink, where I'd say "Thanks" he'd say, "I appreciate you." To my midwestern ears, it sounded unusual enough that I plainly remember these exchanges (although it is not uncommon to hear something like "I appreciate you doing the dishes!" here.)
Now I've heard the same thing on a radio program broadcast from Nashville, less than 200 miles from where my then-dining partner lives (the DJ appreciated me, the listener.)
I have asked friends who grew up in SC and FL whether they have heard it, and neither had. Neither have any locals I've asked here (NE).
Is this a Tennesseeism, or is it heard elsewhere?