There are plenty of ways to make someone from Connecticut mad, but if you know what they are, you won’t have to worry about stumbling upon some forbidden topic. Luckily, Connecticut folks aren’t quick to anger anyway, but there are some things that illicit mild annoyance and the occasional eye roll. See for yourself:
1. Don't ask what to call us.
Most people will just say they're from Connecticut and leave it at that. Technically we're Connecticotians, but we may also by Connecticuters, Nutmeggers, or Yankees. It's not really important, so why worry about it?
2. Don't tell us how much snow we get.
We already know! And we don't get as much snow as some other places so it's weird that people always bring this up. We make the most of the season and we have fun doing it. It's not that big of a deal.
3. Stop trying to convince us you've had better pizza.
Visitors are always claiming they've had better pizza at some restaurant back home. No you haven't. And if you have, we don't really care.
4. Don't mention taxes.
We all hate taxes, especially Connecticut folks, but we also know we're living in one of the safest, most educated states. Our residents live longer than the national average too. So the taxes are kind of worth it.
5. On that note, please don't assume we're all millionaires.
Like any state, there are plenty of large homes and wealthy individuals, but not everybody is loaded. So don't assume we are, and don't think we're super poor when we're not.
6. Please don't ask if I went to UConn.
This place looks really cool, right? And believe it or not, it's not the only college in Connecticut. So stop assuming everyone goes there.
7. We are not going to explain to you where Connecticut is on the map.
This is one of the easiest ways to make someone from Connecticut mad. As one of the originals, it's amazing that people don't understand where we are. I mean, at the very least you should know the general area.
8. Your Boston accent impression is not funny.
First time visitors always expect us to sound Boston or Jersey or whatever place is is that says "quoffee" but we don't. And even after they realize we don't, they still feel inclined to say "park the car in the Harvard yard." This is Yale territory, folks. So that's a double offense.
9. The train is not just for going to New York.
So why do people keep asking us if we've thought about moving to New York or Boston? Maybe we just like Connecticut!
10. Don't give directions without street names.
We all know that person who moved to Connecticut 10 years ago and still doesn't know where they live. In a lush state like ours, "left at the pine tree" is not going to cut it.
11. You should never, ever, hold up traffic.
Connecticut residents learned to drive on narrow roads with lots of hills and curves. So we know what we're doing. If you don't know what you're doing, stick to main roads and stay out of the left lane.
12. Try not to roll your eyes at our ghost stories.
This is the home state of Ed & Lorraine Warren, the most famous paranormal investigators ever. There's no shortage of haunted locations and we have the stories (and occasionally the photos) to prove it.
So now that you know how to avoid making someone from Connecticut mad you can visit the state worry free!
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