My grandmother’s favorite pastime was sizing up people’s wardrobe, their vocabulary and those with whom they associated. In the South, we use the term “sizing up” because “judging” has become passé.

She often looked at someone — especially a young woman — pursed her lips, shook her head slowly, and said, “Bless her heart. I guess her mama never taught her. Not surprising, though. They aren’t PLUs.” When I asked what a PLU was, she smiled and said, “Honey, that’s People Like Us.”

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