Y'all be careful...

Thursday, January 22, 2009
I guess it must be a Southern thing to say "Y'all be careful..." when saying good-bye to someone. I mean, I don't say it all the time, but it isn't an odd phrase to me if someone says, "Okay - see you later. Bye. Y'all be careful..." - there is no real meaning other than to say good journey or something like that in my mind. It isn't as common as most phrases, but still not something that is so foreign it would make me stop and think about what the person is trying to say to me.

There is a point here...

Last night we were watching American Idol- love the auditions - and there was a very country redneck gentleman auditioning. He didn't make it through and upon leaving to tell the judges bye, he said, "Be careful..." and the judges called that a threat. Paula Abdul actually said, "That's not something you say to people..." - um, I really don't see the harm. Now, if he glared at them and said it in a threatening manner, yes I could see where saying "be careful" could be used as a threat. But he didn't - he just said, "Thanks. Bye. Be careful..." as in be C-A-R-E-F-U-L. Anyway - Michael and I looked at one another and were both questioning the judges reaction.  Maybe it truly is just a Southern thing and they weren't accustomed to hearing that. Maybe it just made for better TV for the judges to be threatened, who knows.