So I was ubering at thr airport today and I picked up a dude wearing a MAGA hat. In trump country Ohio you don’t see maga hats ever. You see trump flags in the More rural areas but ppl don’t walk around with MAGA stuff on. He was was a Latino guy from L.A, prob like 25. And I go “nice hat” too which he goes “ya bro I identify as white”....to which I say “ya we don’t care around here, all that matters is if you’re an Ohio state Buckeyes football fan or not”.
But it made me realize. “I identify as” is not a current phrase in the Ohio English dialect. Like it’s not something we even think about. Even the lgbtq ppl around here use “I AM”. and Columbus is one of the gay capitals.