Cleveland December 22, 2017
11 Undeniable Habits That No Clevelander Can Ever Unlearn
Clevelanders are a unique breed. We differ from other Ohioans in our habits and behaviors, but we share an incredible bond with the other members of our community. Perhaps it is solely our habits and shared experiences that provide that bond, and to be honest, we’d be okay with that. Life here in The Land is pretty awesome and we can’t really complain… well, maybe
some of our habits are worth complaining about, but it’s nothing we tough Clevelanders can’t deal with!
1. When you have plans outdoors or a long commute, you almost obsessively check the weather report.
The weather here is unpredictable and changes spontaneously, but we still insist on watching the weather report, even when we
know that it will be different two hours later.
2. You cringe when a Northeast Ohioan calls that strip of grass anything other than "tree lawn..."
Step aside, devil strip sayers. That's not how we do things here in Cleveland.
3. ...or calls our favorite fizzy beverage a "soda."
Pop even has one less syllable, meaning it takes less time to say the word... and leaves you more time to enjoy your drink.
4. You are inexplicably obsessed with movies filmed in your community.
Quite a few movies have been filmed in Greater Cleveland, and many of them are cinematic masterpieces. We Clevelanders can't help but love them, especially when the gorgeous backdrop for the movie is a location we actually get to see every day.
5. You have a tendency to overdress....
We tend to overdress in Cleveland. Not in a fancy kind of way, but in an "I think it's going to warm up later so I'm wearing short sleeves under my hoodie" kind of overdress. We like to layer in anticipation of warmer weather, but we sometimes overdo it.
6. ...Yet you still manage to wear the wrong outfit at least once each year.
Maybe you wear a sweatshirt in the winter and it ends up being 75 degrees out, or maybe you dress in shorts because it's May and a snowstorm suddenly batters the region. It's just a part of life here in The Land, and we've all been caught wearing the wrong thing at some point.
7. You can't help but express confusion when someone comments on your accent.
Who ever heard of a Cleveland accent? It's definitely not a real thing. Maybe that's what "The Thinker" at the Cleveland Museum of Art is contemplating!
8. You often end your sentences with prepositions.
Once you notice it, you will never fail to hear it in the future. At one point, ending sentences with prepositions were commonly considered to be a grammatical error, but that has changed over the years. "Where is that at?" or "What is that for?" are grammatically correct ways to communicate, though it is considered casual and informal. Clevelanders converse casually... who knew?
9. Distance is best measured in minutes, not miles.
actually knows the physical distance between landmarks?!
10. You instinctively avoid Downtown Cleveland's busiest streets.
You don't even think about it anymore. When certain streets have to be traversed along a commute, you often go the longer back route just to avoid traffic and pedestrians.
11. You love to make fun of your hometown, but you truly do love it.
It's fun to laugh about being the (former) "mistake on the lake" when your city is actually a
that even made National Geographic's
Best Of The World
Life here in Cleveland can feel unpredictable and exciting, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We love our community, and we even love the bizarre habits it seems to have given us. What other habits do you feel you can never unlearn? Share them with us in the comments!
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