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Old January 30th, 2009, 11:27 AM
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Is this term, "be careful" just a regional thing as they suggest, or is it used throughout the south? I have never heard this before, so I am curious....They seemed to take it real serious.




Looks like 'Idol' got a little lost in translation.

During the Louisville auditions, the show introduced Mark Mudd, who looked like a 'Deliverance' extra and claimed to have "almost died" five times. He also claimed to be a descendent of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was convicted of helping John Wilkes Booth (the doc had treated his broken leg after Booth assassinated Lincoln).

Anyway, after being rejected decidedly by the judges, Mark Mudd departed with the phrase "be careful," which Paula Abdul took as a threat.

But now the show has issued an apology for misinterpreting a "regional greeting."
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Old January 30th, 2009, 12:19 PM
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I have not heard that phrase in general use down here in Texas. Perhaps it should be "yuall be careful."
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Old January 30th, 2009, 12:27 PM
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Trip, I think Paul summed it up. Typically it is used when someone is leaving, whether it be for a long trip or just to go home, after a visit. I admit "Guilty" to saying it. "Y'all be careful now and hurry back."

Paul, you know, I'm a little further south than you are.
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Its not just southern. I live up north and I say that to friends all the time and its said to me. Stay safe.. be careful. Basically... the unsaid part is.. (be safe) until we are together again. I guess I think its a form of caring.
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It's said here in Va.

I saw that episode of Idol and thought Paula was making a mt. out of mole hills.

But then I think she's been known to be a little out of it at times,,,
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Now if he'd looked at Paula and said "well, bless your heart." then she might have a legit beef. In my neck of the woods that translates into "kiss my a$$" or something similar in most instances.
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"Be Careful" is probably said everywhere but we don't notice it until some thing like this shows up on TV. Even here in the mid-west (Kansas)
we say "be careful" - when I say it, it's because I don't want to see the person get hurt, they need to watch out for themselves - and I want them to "be careful" - it can mean so many things!!! - and I've never thought of it as a threat!!
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We use it a lot in Louisiana. Of course we make everyone call when they arrive home just to make sure they made it okay. I don't know why we do that, but we do.

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I'm originally from Albany, NY and my grandparents/parents.aunts/uncles used to say this all the time. So no I don't think it is just a Southern thing.
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I hear it all the time here in Central Florida. Usually though it's: y'all be careful now,,,ya hear?

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My favorite expression... that I had no idea what they were saying.... was
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My favorite expression... that I had no idea what they were saying.... was
Don't make me no nevermind.
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Nope we don't say be careful here. We say hang loose. It's also a Hawaii thing.
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My favorite expression... that I had no idea what they were saying.... was
Don't make me no nevermind.
Basically it means "It does not bother me"

I was born and raised in the mid-west and I have always said "Stay safe and Be careful" and like Mel it is always followed with call when you get there so we know you are safe.

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Being from Ky. I can tell you it was not a threat--it's used all the time.
I think the so-called " stars " live in a different world altogether.
I saw the guy walk off and say something and then " be careful " --- there was no threat at all in what he said or how he said it.
Geeeezzz--where do these Hollywood geniuses come from ??

Have a great cruise and be careful !
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"Be careful," while used many other places, is basically a southern expression and really contains no "hidden" meaning.

Dvrdude's explanation of "Bless Your Heart" while it may mean "Kick your a**" over outside 0f Knoxville, I personally have never heard it used in that context.

"Bless your heart" is a time honored phrase used throughout the South (but usually not by transplanted Yankees) that has evolved to provide a means of saying anything from exactly what the phrase states to providing one with getting away with a world class "put down" (as is often pointed out by commedians and other celebrities (Paula Deen comest quickly to mind as she is forever saying, "Y'all can say anything you want to anybody just as long as y'all put "well Bless your heart" at the end)). As an example, to say "You look this evening as if you just got out of bed" is of course totally unacceptable. But to add the phrase, "Bless your heart" provides a means of getting away with saying it. Trip, you might say, "Oy, you poor thing, that dress is just so plain......bless your heart." In this way, you can insult someone while appearing to be solicitous in that the phrase COULD make it appear that possibly the wearing of the dress wasn't the woman's fault (?? ??).

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I don't think Mr. Mudd meant anything by it but it's normally said when the person your taliking to is leaving not the other way around.
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EXCELLENT observation!

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If I were Paula, Randy, Simon or that new gal they have as a judge on there and having to boot people as they humiliate themselves publicly on national TV, I would probably be a wee bit paranoid too.
I am sure they get a ton of crazy threats of retribution. Remember that gal who auditioned for "Idol" then killed herself right outside of Paula Abdul's home? I think that kind of stuff would probably make me very suspicious of a comment like that too, especially if I was unfamiliar with the local colloquialisms.
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Everyone here says "take care". It is what it is. Usually means nothing at all, people use it instead of saying "good bye" (or good riddance )
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"Be careful," while used many other places, is basically a southern expression and really contains no "hidden" meaning.

Dvrdude's explanation of "Bless Your Heart" while it may mean "Kick your a**" over outside 0f Knoxville, I personally have never heard it used in that context.

"Bless your heart" is a time honored phrase used throughout the South (but usually not by transplanted Yankees) that has evolved to provide a means of saying anything from exactly what the phrase states to providing one with getting away with a world class "put down" (as is often pointed out by commedians and other celebrities (Paula Deen comest quickly to mind as she is forever saying, "Y'all can say anything you want to anybody just as long as y'all put "well Bless your heart" at the end)). As an example, to say "You look this evening as if you just got out of bed" is of course totally unacceptable. But to add the phrase, "Bless your heart" provides a means of getting away with saying it. Trip, you might say, "Oy, you poor thing, that dress is just so plain......bless your heart." In this way, you can insult someone while appearing to be solicitous in that the phrase COULD make it appear that possibly the wearing of the dress wasn't the woman's fault (?? ??).

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I agree with others. It is just something we say in farewell. Speaking of Paula Deen. I am compared to her all the time, usually from total strangers, who think I am her.
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I guess it boils down to where you're from as to how you hear and respond to what people say.
Example-- if someone with a very strong " northern " accent went up to a good 'ol boy in the south and said in that northern accent---- " what's going on " he would probably be met with a stare or maybe worse. But, one good 'ol boy to another ---- " hey Bill--what's goin' on ? "---- " aw nothing--same ol' same ol'------" yea, I hear that ".
Some others -- hey Bill, whatcha been up to lately "--- " Aw, nothin' much----tryin' to stay out of trouble ".
Leaving after a conversation----" well, I gotta run--catch ya later "--- "Yea--be careful --don't work too hard."


This is a true tale-- I grew up in southeastern Ky. about 10 miles from the Tenn. border so I have a an accent. Not as southern as say Melodie from La. but my own " brand " of accent. I worked for many years around southeast Ky. Once I had to go to Peoria, Ill. for a couple of weeks. Everywhere I went people would ask " where are you from ? "
Once I went into a restaurant to have breakfast--soon the word was spread that someone from the south was there--- A young lady working in the back came out to see me--she was from Tenn. about 30-40 miles from where I was from--she was so happy to see someone from her neck of the woods that talked like her and could talk with her that I though she was going to spend the day with me ! I guess we made each others day !! But --I think we all say " cruise " the same way !!
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We were in Pa this time last year, and I had to go to the drug store to pick up a couple of things. The kid behind the counter asked me what country I was from. I smiled and said Texas, and he said is that in Mexico?
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