13 Things New Mexicans Do That Seem Insane To Everyone Else

We often adopt the habits of those around us. That’s true within our families, but also on a statewide level. These common behaviors are part of our collective identity as New Mexicans, so don’t expect us to change anytime soon. That being said, these 13 weird things New Mexicans do may raise a few eyebrows with outsiders:

One person’s normal is another person’s weird. What items would you add to this list?

Since we’ve examined our quirks, let’s look at the things New Mexicans will never do.

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Weird Things New Mexicans Do

November 20, 2020

What stereotypes are there about New Mexico?

Life in New Mexico comes with dealing with certain stereotypes the state has. Many outsiders don’t understand all the ins and outs of this state – some aren’t even sure it is a state at all! New Mexico is known for being a desert state, however, people who think the entire state is covered in desert and cactus would be severely mistaken. Another New Mexico stereotype is that everyone loves turquoise and has some sort of turquoise accessories. Yes, the state does have the Turquoise Trail, but that doesn’t mean everyone is wearing the stone all the time.

What unique words and phrases do people from New Mexico say?

If you plan on living in New Mexico and want to fit in, you’re going to have to learn the vernacular. People from New Mexico have quite a few unique phrases that may throw you off at first. For example, if you go to a restaurant and order something with chile on it (which is most restaurants in the state, let’s be honest), you may be asked if you want it Christmas style. This has nothing to do with the holiday – it just means you want both red and green chile on top. Another word is what you may call a covered porch, New Mexicans may call the portal.

What are the best things about living in New Mexico?

There are many great reasons to love living in New Mexico. The variety of beautiful landscapes that vary from snow-capped mountain peaks to the gypsum desert of White Sands National Monument are one of the best things about the state. This state is also full of history around every corner. It’s home to the oldest church in the United States, some of the oldest human settlements and ruins, and the culture of its history continues strong today. Another thing New Mexicans are proud of is the great food and cuisine of the state – especially the chile. There’s no better chile in the world if you ask a local.

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