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The usage of “Hon” in the US South, between men and women, or between women and anyone, should not be mistaken as flirtation, sexist, or diminutive. Sometimes, when new visitors to the South are visibly taken aback, someone nearby may interject, “Best get used to it, ‘cus y’all done crossed the Hon Line ways back”, which comment may also be off-putting to Northerners who are not used to talking to strangers or having strangers talk to them out of a narrow course of normal business, and never so informally. In the US North, being spoken to by strangers using familiar placeholders for their unknown names, results in the user being seen as deranged, intoxicated, and/or vagrant; however, more latitude is generally given in the North if the stranger using this familiar placeholder speaks with a southern accent.

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    ahahahaha
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    My dad’s picked up this habit. it confuses me.
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    "THE HON LINE"
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    Hun ,not hon.
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