One of the things the Bluegrass State is known for is laid back people who aren’t usually in a hurry. However, that doesn’t mean we are all just a bunch of pushovers. In fact, there are quite a few ways to insult or anger people in Kentucky, but it isn’t an easy feat.
13. Wear a cowboy hat and boots “to fit in.”
We have seen people show up at local clubs from out of state in brand new shiny boots and a cowboy hat so they could fit in with the rest of us… but they didn’t.
12. Assume ALL Kentucky women have multiple children.
There are those that wed and raise a family. There are also women who have multiple kids and live off the government. The second is not the majority here… despite thoughts that Kentucky women are usually barefoot and pregnant.
11. Don’t bully us, our children or our animals.
It isn’t nice… and we don’t take kindly to it.
10. Ask where the nearest cock fight is.
“Most” Kentuckians in no way support or accept animal abuse. Both rooster and dog fighting are considered cruel and abusive. People who come to our state looking for such things probably just shouldn’t come back…
9. Assume we run around barefoot all the time.
It is great to feel the grass between your toes on occasions, but this is not something that is done because we have too.
8. Stare at our teeth.
This makes us think we have something in our teeth and you aren’t telling us… or your trying to see how many teeth we have. We have dental care in the state too.
7. Say, "What is in Kentucky?"
First off, we have the largest connected cave system in the world, (of more than 400 miles.) On top of that, we have the Cumberland Falls, (AKA, the Niagara of the South) and the renowned moonbow.
6. Insult the U of L Cardinals to a Cardinal fan.
If someone is wearing a University of Louisville cap or shirt, telling them Louisville sucks will not likely be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
5. Insult U of K Wildcats to a Kentucky fan.
The Wildcats are possibly the most beloved team in our state… and the fans are also the most passionate. Tread lightly if you happen to not think the Cats are the most awesome team ever.
4. Assume we are all hicks.
Just because someone is from the country, it doesn’t mean they are an uneducated bumpkin. Some bumpkins are VERY educated… to the point you might be shocked they grew up in a rural area.
3. Assume we lack an education.
Some of our state signs say, “Kentucky, where education pays.” That means everyone has an opportunity to get an education. (Granted some people choose to embrace stupidity, but most Kentuckians are pretty smart.)
2. Mock the way we speak.
Accents are common in every state. Some Kentuckians have more of an accent than others. This is not grounds to mock, belittle, or insult those with a stronger twang in their talk.
1. Hurt someone we care for.
Male or female, most Kentuckians will get spitfire mad if you hurt someone we care about or love. If you hurt them beyond repair… RUN!
Don’t underestimate or take a Kentuckian’s kindness for weakness. Once you anger people in Kentucky, it takes a bit to smooth those ruffled feathers. There are a lot of wonderful people here, who have impacted
our history in positive ways.