Grunt and Grumble is the language of rural life, the patois of builders and contractors, farmers and volunteer firefighters. It has the rhythms of a David Mamet play. Sentences go unfinished, assumptions are made, key words are savored, in a kind of incantation. Everyone understands everything everyone else is saying, or pretends to.
the sort of emasculating condescention;
It's essential to rural life: part news, part education, even part (shhh) support group....Men in my upstate town rarely engage in deep emotional discussions about their anxieties.
or the final enlightenment and discovery of the hillbilly wisdom.
Once I grasped this, certain local behaviors made more sense. I'd puzzled, for example, about why Anthony drove to Stewart's for his morning juice and bagel when his wife, Holly, had the same breakfast menu at home. Then, joining him one morning, I understood.
But there was one thing I did get from the article that I didn't exactly realize while I was reading it the first time. While this sort of thing seems like cosmopolitanism making fun of rural vernacular, I had my own enlightenment and discovery in it that this is very similar to making fun of those 'coffee shop liberals.'
Can't you see it? The rural folk have 'grunt & grumble' and the cosmopolitans have 'half-caff soy-milk lattes.' Put 'em together, and you have some full blown American multiculturalism.