1. You say Atlanna instead of Atlanta.
We also like saying where you goin', fixin' to, and any other abbreviated words and phrases. Our southern accent is what gives us Georgia residents away!
2. Coke is your choice of beverage.
Choosing Pepsi over Coke is like blasphemy, and that's a pretty serious crime here in Georgia.
3. The bar scene in Athens is the most extensive in Georgia.
The phrases, "Going to Athens this Weekend", and " Getting wasted this Weekend" are synonymous. If you attended college in Georgia, you've frequented this scene at least once.
4. You greet everyone with a smile.
People in Georgia think its just plain rude to not smile or say hello to a stranger on the street.
5. It takes 30 minutes to drive anywhere in Georgia.
Atlanta, Georgia is known for some of the worst traffic in the country, and with all of the sprawling suburbs, a car is essential to living here. Read: You need a car to go anywhere in Georgia!
6. You expect for it to snow one day and be 80 degrees the next.
Georgia is home to some of the strangest weather in the country! These two children wore shorts and flip flops the next day--true story!
7. Your favorite basketball team is the Atlanta Hawks.
You're a die hard Hawks fan and non-Georgia folks just don't understand. Nuff' said.
8. You ate Checkers instead of Rally's.
You ate Checkers, Waffle House and Krystal's instead of White Castle and Rally's. You don't know what a Jack in the Box is nor do you really care!
9. You tell non-Georgia people you're from Atlanta when in actuality you live like 45 miles outside of the city.
You just don't feel like explaining to relatives the difference between metropolitan Atlanta and the city of Atlanta.
10. The Varsity is the best greasy food in town.
There's nothing quite like the tradition of meeting up at The Varsity after a Georgia Tech game.
11. I'll have tea automatically means "sweet tea".
If you ever give a Georgia person unsweetened tea, they'll surely snub their noses at it. Sweet tea is our specialty, and we can definitely tell when a non-Georgia person makes it. It's just not quite as sweet as ours!
12. Grits is an appropriate side dish to any meal.
Grits can be eaten any time of the day, with any meal, and with any type of meat--even catfish. Yum! We love grits in Georgia.
13. You actually know someone who received a real pony for their birthday.
Or maybe you received a pony yourself. Horses are a favorite among Georgia girls, and there's plenty of trails and horse stables to keep them.
14. You have a real fear of red fire ants.
Anyone from Georgia knows that all we have is red clay dirt, and with it comes red ants! And nothing burns more than the bites of red fire ants.
15. It blows your mind when you hear how much people outside of Georgia pay for a house or apartment.
Here in Georgia, we're spoiled by the spacious houses and apartments we get for such cheap prices. We just can't understand why people out west or up north would pay so much for such little living spaces.
There you have it! 15 surefire ways to know you grew up in Georgia. If there are any other quirks that only Georgia folk know about mention it in the comments below.