So what you are saying is that it is Southern US way to ask? Well I don’t live anywhere close to the South, not even in the US and I still hear this. On TV mostly, admittedly, but I do hear it occasionally here in the great white north.
And anyway I don’t buy that it is a southern US thing. Maybe I’m being thick, but I think its just a lazy way t o speak properly. If you have to think to speak properly, yes I do think that is a lack of education thing. I’d be willing to bet that people with a college/university say ‘ask’ a lot more often. As well as you and I, rather then me and you., which also bothers me.
Having to think/concentrate before you speak? I’d imagine the vast majority of Dopers should be doing this anyway.