What does it mean to be ‘un-Southern’?

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Rue McClanahan’s Blanche Devereaux liked to say on The Golden Girls, “It would be un-Southern!” What is ‘un-Southern’? Alabama humorist Kelly Kazek once listed some things that qualify.

An apt example involves funeral etiquette. It’s un-Southern to bring pre-packaged potato salad or any store-bought dish to a visitation, Kazek wrote.



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Janice Harayda

Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book editor of the Plain Dealer and book columnist for Glamour. Words in NYT, WSJ, and other major media.