People from Connecticut are some of the nicest, coolest people in the world if I do say so myself. But when your state’s as old and unique as this one, there are bound to be some weird things. From strange behaviors to funny phrases, tourists may be left a little confused. Read on to see if you’ve developed any Connecticut quirks:
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1. We call ourselves Nutmeggers.
Some people just add "-ian" to the end of their state, but that's boring. Real locals know where the term Nutmegger comes from, but most people are just going along with it.
2. We go on "packy runs."
Liquor stores used to be called package stores, and some still are! So when you need to pick up some adult beverages, you go on a packy run, see?
3. We believe winter is a temperature, not a season.
This is what winter should like, so just because it's December doesn't mean it's winter. If the temperature is over 30 and the snow is less than two inches, it's still fall. So don't be surprised if you still see people in shorts.
4. We use the snow to our advantage.
We may put off winter, but once it officially hits we make it as convenient as possible. Drinks are burrowed on the deck and some folks even use the snow to make some quick ice cream.
5. We love our state more than anyone else. And we hate it more too.
Nutmeggers have a hard time complimenting their state without insulting it at the same time. The state is great...but it's been going downhill for years. The park is beautiful...but you'll have to visit before they close it or tax it. We tell it like it is because we want to preserve our piece of paradise. No shame in that!
6. We may or may not have sidewalks and streetlights.
This one really throws some visitors for a loop. In larger cities, you're sure to find lights, crosswalks, and sidewalks. But in a lot of small towns they just don't exist. You should watch for joggers around corners just as much as deer.
7. We like our lobster rolls warm and buttery.
Cold lobster salad on sliced bread sounds really gross to us. We prefer hot lobster stuffed into a hot dog bun, drizzled in butter, and that's the only way we'll eat it. It's just one of those weird things...
8. We have to clarify which Dunkin Donuts we're going to.
Especially if you're meeting up with people. There can be more than one on the same street, so you have to say the whole thing. Ex: "I'm going to the Dunkin on Post by CVS." Why do we have so many of these anyway?
9. We get sudden uncontrollable urges to go to the diner.
If you've never craved a plate of fries and a side of green goddess dipping sauce at midnight, you probably weren't born in Connecticut.
10. We are all Huskies fans. No matter what.
It's hard not to route for the home team. Especially when it wins so often! Whether you went to UConn or not it's hard to be a Connecticut native and not get excited about the Huskies.
11. We have "designated" trick or treating streets.
If you live in a neighborhood where the houses are too far apart, or the driveways are too long, how do you celebrate Halloween? Your town goes to a street more conducive to door to door walking, parks their cars at the end of the street, and starts walking! It's a big responsibility for the residents who have to provide all that candy, but hey, it's for the kids!
12. We don't go to the beach to get wet.
Connecticut beaches are still and rocky. So we don't go for the surfing. The beach is a place to picnic, tan, walk, or even watch the crabs. We know to beware of rocky shores and jellyfish. The beach, to us, is a place of beauty and life, not just fun and games.
13. We always try to take the back way.
For some reason, the highway just feels like the worst. So whenever possible, we will opt for the winding back roads, even if it takes a little longer to get there.
14. We call this a grinder.
No matter how it's made, or what meat is on it. Even Subway is considered a grinder shop in our book.
15. We like our pizza with mootz.
That means mozzarella! But why waste time saying the whole word?
If anything, this list just proves how cool us Nutmeggers really are! No matter how quirky, Connecticut will always be home sweet home. But what other weird things do people from Connecticut do? We’d love to know!