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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Munjibunga, Sep 7, 2004.
Hey come to Texas, where you'll find our roads paved with a much wider variety of wildlife, including armadillo!
Is it an "insult" to call someone from Oklahoma an "Okie"? Ie in "The Grapes of Wrath" it was an insult, but then in Skynards "One more from the Road" he calls his guitarist an Okie. Is the expression still used today?
I don't think so...I mean I'm from Texas and I've heard that word used a lot but never as an insult. Also Merle Haggard sings the song where he refers to himself as "An Okie from Muskogee."
I drove from Clarksville, Arkansas to Flagstaff, Arizona yesterday and, trust me, I saw carnage I couldn't begin to identify. So I went all the way through OK, TX panhandle, NM and into AZ. I was home in Groom Lake by 1:30 p.m. today. And yes, I did all the driving.
You'd be a Citreon or Peugot owner wouldn't you?
Ish. No, a Toyota Sequoia. Ahhhhh, so! (Although this Japanese car was made in Indiana, a notoriously Republican state.) eek. It was 80 mph in the dark all the way from Gallup to Flagstaff.
BTW, all the Okies I was hanging out with call themselves Okies, but that might be the same kind of deal as white people calling black people "niggaz." The Okies came over to Arkansas to hang out with all the Arkies. And that one California Buddhist. Man, was I in the Bible belt, or what?
I just wasnt sure because in The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad gets very offended when people call him an Okie. Obviously times change
Well, some people take pride in being called a redneck...
Driving in Oklahoma will suck the soul out of you. Miles Davis drove through there on tour and came out a white man.
I hear he's tending a bar in missouri now.
Blacks call themselves niggaz, too.
At least a lot of rappers do.
*NB - I don't mean to offend anyone here on TB by saying that, either.*
A while back there was this show on VH-1, pop-up video or something, where you have the clip and there are comments/funny details/etc going on.
Now there was this old Clash video, Rocking the Casbah, if I remember right. There's that scene where and armadillo runs in a big crowd of people watching it. It said something like this
That animal there is an armadillo.
Those people were curios to see this little animal.
Although Texas is its natural habitat, they havent seen an armadillo - at least not one alive...
Armadillo accounts for 90% of roadkill in Texas...
I think its funny and tragic and ironic at once...
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I think what he meant was it seems like it's OK for black people to refer to themselves in such fashion, but not for a white person. So, all the people from Oklahoma referring to themselves as "Okies" isn't derrogatory, but if you, as an Australian, were to refer to an Oklahoman as an "Okie" that might be insulting.
stephdawe04 is an Australian? I had no idea.
Actually I have no idea. I just chose a place on the other side of the world.
Oh ok...because I was certain she was from Mars.
Other side of the world, other planet... you know...
Let me help all of you out a little bit. I've lived in Oklahoma City for about 5 years now, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that there are indeed such people as you speak of, who dub themselves "OKIES". This is not a derogatory term but does indicate a peculiar breed of person. Sometimes we all joke about being Okies, even though most of us come from other climes (i'm from Sarasota Florida), but we usually all know the difference.
For the record, we are not in the bible belt up down here, but are in fact the belt buckle of the same belt.
Thank you. Feel free to ask me more questions pertaining to our wonderful, armadillo-carcass strewn state.