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Brits need help with those "place names"
« on: May 06, 2005, 02:29:09 AM »

Hello All,

Please forgive our ignorance, but we could do with some help in identifying the many "areas" of the US.

We often hear of the "deep south" - what areas are covered by this ?

What about "mid-west" ?

There are many, many terms you guys use for different regions of the US - would anybody like to list a few please (with the towns, cities or even states covered by that term).

As we are planning our 6 month tour, this would really help.

Many, many thanks.

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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2005, 06:48:30 AM »
Hi UK-RV!

Ignorance? no way. Many of us have lived here all our lives and still have trouble with 'regional' names. I'll do a couple; then let the experts add to the list:

Midwest: Actually not the 'middle of the west' as you would expect, but the central states including Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri.
Deep South: Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Mississippi.

Here are a few others, but I'll let someone else fill in the details. Ohio River Valley, Mid-Atlantic states, Appalachia, Southwest, Desert Southwest, Rocky Mountain states - just for starters.

Actually, it our way of getting back at you Brits for having place names that have six or more words to them. I'm sure you know what I mean.  ;D ;D
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2005, 07:07:18 AM »

Hello All,

Please forgive our ignorance, but we could do with some help in identifying the many "areas" of the US.

We often hear of the "deep south" - what areas are covered by this ?

What about "mid-west" ?

There are many, many terms you guys use for different regions of the US - would anybody like to list a few please (with the towns, cities or even states covered by that term).

As we are planning our 6 month tour, this would really help.

Many, many thanks.



There is no concensus on exact meaning of these terms. A search on Google for each term will provide a sample of what are generally meant by any one of them.  Type in - define xxxxx e.g. define midwest  The top entry will be a dictionary definition which will probably meet your needs but also it will provide other sources.
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2005, 08:42:49 AM »
A map will give the easy ones, geographic references such as "The Southeast" or "The Northeast".  They are, as the others have said, approximate rather than defined areas with boundaries.  Some regions, however, are cultural as well as geographic. "Deep South" is one of those, encompassing an area whose predominant culture was established early in US history and generally encompassing Georgia, North & South Carolina, Mississippi, & Alabama. Some people would include Arkansas, Tennesee and Virginia in that area too. 

"Midwest" is another term that was established before the US was settled from coast to coast, so it does not refer to the geographic middle-west but rather a vague area around  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa,  Missouri. "New England" is the extreme Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine.
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2005, 10:41:40 AM »
I see you're having as much trouble with place names across the Atlantic as you do across the Severn Bridge  :)

I see some folks have provided some examples. We've lived here 25 years, travelled the U.S. extensively over the years and, as the others have suggested, came to the conclusion that there was no consensus that provides a precise answer, except in a few cases. Having said that, geography was never one of my strong subjects when we lived in the UK. (Anything north of Newport is London, right?)

Further west than the other examples, and close to home for us:

Pacific Northwest: Oregon and Washington states, possibly including northern California.
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2005, 11:23:56 AM »


"Midwest" is another term that was established before the US was settled from coast to coast, so it does not refer to the geographic middle-west but rather a vague area around  Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa,  Missouri.

This part of quote reminds me of the plan by the Dekotas to put together a national advertising campaign because no one remembers them. They are part of mid-west by many accounts.

The whole discussion reminds me of my Financial Manager at Cummins who was from Scotland who took every opportunity to remind me that "you Americans don't speak English"  ;D
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2005, 11:30:48 AM »
Financial Manager at Cummins who was from Scotland who took every opportunity to remind me that "you Americans don't speak English" ;D

Did you tell him that s/he didn't speak any intelligible English?  :)
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2005, 11:45:09 AM »
Here's a partial list:
Beantown = Boston
Cigar City = Tampa
Dumpsville = New York City area
La La Land = Los Angeles
Land of Fruits and Nuts = California
Lost Wages = Las Vegas
Left Coast = West Coast
Motor City = Detroit
Mouseville = Orlando
Right Coast = East Coast
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2005, 11:46:07 AM »
This part of quote reminds me of the plan by the Dekotas to put together a national advertising campaign because no one remembers them. They are part of mid-west by many accounts.

The Dakotas are an area you go through to get from the midwest to the west :)  In all honesty, South Dakota has some very nice scenery like the Black Hills and the Badlands.  Worth a visit.  North Dakota, on the other hand... :D
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2005, 11:53:28 AM »
LOL Bruce. You forgot one very close to you:

Sunshine plywood state: Florida (click here for illustration).
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2005, 11:58:09 AM »
Why do Floridians buy new plywood for every hurricane?  Don't they save it?  Do they think each storm is the last?  Why do they continue to live there?  All these imponderables :)
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2005, 12:07:41 PM »
LOL Bruce. You forgot one very close to you:

Sunshine plywood state: Florida (click here for illustration).

Very good Ned. It can also be called the Blue Roof State.  :D
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2005, 01:03:04 PM »
The Midwest is also often referred to as The Heartland.
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2005, 08:19:08 PM »
And then we have Texas, the Lone Star State, the United State of Texas, the only state that can have all four climates going at once!  Snow up north in Amarillo, jungle heat and monsoons in the south, dry desert heat in El Paso, and spring or autumn type weather in the East Texas piney woods.  The only state that takes two days to drive across, unless you're one of those masochistic marathon drivers.  Man I love this state!
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2005, 09:23:04 AM »
>>The only state that takes two days to drive across, unless you're one of those masochistic marathon drivers.  Man I love this state!<<

Only state?  Try driving across Alaska.  There isn't even a road that goes all the way across!   ;)
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2005, 09:37:11 AM »
Why do Floridians buy new plywood for every hurricane?  Don't they save it?  Do they think each storm is the last?  Why do they continue to live there?  All these imponderables :)

In many cases they probably have no place to store it. :)

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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2005, 12:04:30 PM »
>>The only state that takes two days to drive across,>>

Did you forget California...almost 900 miles North to South. Plus you get interesting scenery to view.<G>


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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2005, 12:23:48 PM »
The only state that takes two days to drive across, unless you're one of those masochistic marathon drivers.

Not the only state that it takes two days to drive across just the only state that is the most boring two days driving across.  Alaska is much more beutiful and you can't drive across in two days. ;D ;D ;D
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2005, 02:51:40 PM »
Ron,

It takes a couple of LONG days to go east/west in MT if you do I-94/90!! 

It takes me 3 but we drive slow and for short times.  Texas is 4 and boring on I-10!
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« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2005, 03:50:17 PM »
Long days for Nebraska and Wyoming as well.  and Idaho north to south.

But yes Texas will put you to sleep.
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2005, 10:18:50 PM »
Jim & Smoky,

I normally takes us three or four days to cross Texas and 2 days to cross Wyoming or Montana.

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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2005, 10:55:01 PM »
And then we have Texas, the Lone Star State, the United State of Texas, the only state that can have all four climates going at once!  Snow up north in Amarillo, jungle heat and monsoons in the south, dry desert heat in El Paso, and spring or autumn type weather in the East Texas piney woods.  The only state that takes two days to drive across, unless you're one of those masochistic marathon drivers.  Man I love this state!

Ed,

If you drive from Miami to Pensacola it will take 3 days. It's 400 miles from Miami to Jacksonville. Now if you start at Key West.......

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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2005, 07:03:09 AM »


Ed,

If you drive from Miami to Pensacola it will take 3 days.


Not for those of use who drive 75+ and 700-800 MPD  ;D
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2005, 07:28:33 AM »
Not for those of use who drive 75+ and 700-800 MPD  ;D

Why would anyone want to do that? ;)
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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2005, 08:14:10 AM »


Ed,

If you drive from Miami to Pensacola it will take 3 days.


Not for those of use who drive 75+ and 700-800 MPD  ;D

I'm speaking of "normal" drivers. ;D ;D

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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2005, 03:24:00 PM »
Ah shoor hope them thar Britfolks are reedin the ansers to thar questun.
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2005, 03:31:07 PM »
It's getting so that a Texan can't even brag anymore.
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« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2005, 04:00:08 PM »
LaTeX:

That happened way back when Alaska got annexed!    ;D

I still remembered when they anounced that on the news, the very first thing all the reporters said was that, "Now the Texans no longer have anything to brag about."  LOL!
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Re: Brits need help with those "place names"
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2005, 08:11:12 PM »
And the Alaskans were saying "If those Texans don't stop bragging, we'll split in two and make them the 3rd largest state".
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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2005, 07:31:28 PM »
LOL!
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