But I can really relate to this.
My son and I went to the UK in 2006 and while in Bath I decided I was going to go to a pub and have a few drinks with the locals.
I sat at the bar next to an American couple and the guy and his wife were working at an airbase nor far from Andover I was working for aviation in Australia at the time. We were getting along fine until I called his wife a Yank. You see Australians just call all Americans Yanks. We know no better.
Well didn't she ark up 'Don't call me a yankee I'm a rebel.... her husband chimed in by saying 'he dosnt understand' but yeah I do now. There is certainly a lot of spirit in the southern spirit.
After that little misunderstanding we got on fine and had a great night.