Tennessee June 07, 2017
11 Foolproof Ways To Make Someone From Tennessee Cringe
Have you ever overheard someone chatting while out and about in public, a coffee shop or on the bus, and hear them share a fact that is completely and totally
wrong? It’s awkward. And annoying. Almost enough to get you to tap them on the shoulder and correct the cringe-worthy statement…but not quite. Check out these eleven ridiculous things you can do to a Tennesseean – a few words that WILL make them cringe, without a doubt.
11. Nope, Elvis wasn't born here.
And it is REALLY awkward when we have to set this straight. Elvis was born in Mississippi, although Tennessee was his adopted home.
10. When folks misspell "y'all."
It's a contraction, so you'll want to spell it as follows: y'all. No ya'll, it's wrong and you're bound to be called out on it. (This was something I definitely had to learn - thanks friends!)
9. You realize there's more to Tennessee than Nashville, right?
Nashville just surpassed Memphis as the most populous city in Tennessee, but there's a lot more to this gorgeous state than Music City. Drive the backroads, visit the east side of the state and try the bbq to the west. People are kind, the country is expansive.
8. Don't call yourself a native if you're not.
To be a local, you should be born here. Period. It's an exclusive group that only a lucky few can claim - let 'em have it.
7. Please don't rave about our hot chicken.
Yes, we like it. Yes, we created a national craze. But it's fried chicken at mama's on Sunday, and we're not interested in some millennial's take on southern comfort food. We'll take the classic, please!
6. Don't speak "Roll Tide" audibly. Anywhere.
This is a sore spot amongst our orange sporting East Tennesseans, so it's best just to keep your Alabama pride to yourself. But hey - once you're back over the border, go to town!
5. Claiming there's bbq better than the Volunteer State is sacrilege.
We have the best bbq, and we know it. When we hear you proclaiming the virtues of any other spot on the map we just roll our eyes and smile tightly. No reason to correct the ignorant sometimes, you know?
4. "The weather is going to be PERFECT next weekend!"
Look, buddy - you don't know that. Tennessee weather turns on a dime, especially during the summertime. Keep an umbrella and shorts and a raincoat and spare food in your car. Who knows what may happen?
3. The loser that tries to buy alcohol on a Sunday.
This is when we just sigh and say, "You aren't from around here, are you?"
2. The ol' "tractor traffic" excuse.
Yes, we know there's tractor traffic every once in awhile, but is there a reason you didn't leave a few minutes earlier? Our farmers have to work to do, and keeping your schedulea ain't one of 'em.
1. "I moved here for music!"
You and everyone else in Nashville, honey. Enjoy writing on your porch and waxing poetic on Broadway - we wish you all the best, but Patsy and Johnny and George are forever at the top of our charts.
Now that we’re done feeling awkward, here are
10 Amazing Date Ideas for the Broke Tennessean.