I am a southerner. I love the southern drawl (and not just because I have one). Everyone knows we have our own language down here. However, I've begun to notice a sad trend in our communication skills. We southerners are not the only guilty ones either. Anyone who uses poor grammar, excessive slang, inappropriate tone, etc are in danger of giving a bad first impression. Almost everyone uses email as a form of communication also. Capitalize! It isn't a text message! We give the impression of being uneducated, lazy, or indifferent when we send emails that misuse two, to, and two and they're, their, and there. It may seem petty but it's a big deal, I promise. Would you invest your hard earned money with someone who says "um" every other word? This subject is usually my chosen soapbox (oral and written communication) so I apologize in advance. This is just a friendly reminder that how we speak says just as much as what we say.