The South in the United States has a super rich history and unique culture.

There are certain traditions and habits that people in the South just can't break.

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From food to manners, these habits are deeply ingrained and make the South what it is today. Here are eight habits that people from the South can't break.

Saying "y'all"


One of the most distinctive and endearing habits of Southerners  is their use of the word "y'all." This contraction of "you all" is used in place of "you guys" or "you all" in the rest of the country. It's a simple way of addressing a group of people, and it's used in almost every conversation

Using sir and ma'am

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Southerners have a deep respect for their elders and those in positions of authority. This respect is shown by using the titles "sir" and "ma'am." It's a sign of politeness and good manners that's been instilled in southerners from a young age.

Cooking with cast iron

Corn bread baked in cast iron
Bruce Peter Morin

Cast iron skillets are a staple in southern kitchens. They're used to cook everything from cornbread to fried chicken, and they're passed down from generation to generation. Cast iron skillets are durable and versatile, and they give food a unique flavor and texture.

Sweet tea


Southerners love their sweet tea. It's a staple at every meal and served in almost every restaurant. Sweet tea is made with black tea and plenty of sugar, and it's served over ice. It's the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day.

Greeting strangers

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Southern hospitality is legendary, and it starts with a simple greeting. Southerners are known for greeting strangers with a smile and a friendly hello. It's a way of making people feel welcome and at home.

Waving at passing cars

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Another southern tradition is waving at passing cars. It doesn't matter if you know the person or not, if you're driving on a country road, you're expected to wave at anyone you pass. It's a way of acknowledging your neighbors and showing respect for your community.

Using hot sauce

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Dejan Markovic

Southerners love their hot sauce. It's used to add flavor and heat to everything from barbecue to breakfast. There are countless varieties of hot sauce available, but the most popular is probably Tabasco.

Church on Sundays


Attending church on Sundays is a tradition that's deeply rooted in Southern culture. It's a time for worship, reflection, and community. Southerners take their faith seriously, and attending church is an important part of their week.

Are there any habits we left out?

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