Vermonters have a unique way about them. Maybe it’s the flannel shirt, or maybe they are ordering a creemiee on a hot day. There are certain things that you’ll never be able to convince a true Vermonter. Here are 17 things every Vermonter knows to be true.
1. They refuse to use fake maple syrup.
In fact, they don’t even call it maple syrup. It’s “the fake stuff” or “the maple impostor,” or occasionally something more crude. Plus, Aunt Jemima ain’t got nothing on their neighbor’s syrup.
2. They don’t put too much trust in the weatherman.
They know that although the weatherman may try, he’s never right. Rain one minute, hot and sunny the next? Golf-ball sized hail? Just your average Thursday.
3. Mud season is its own season.
They left this out of the elementary school textbooks, but boy do they know it’s true.
4. They’re tough.
They wear shorts in December and know they are not guaranteed a snow day for 8 inches of snow. Or 12 inches for that matter. In fact, school doesn't give them a snow day until they're literally snowed in and cannot open the front door.
They don't dread 3 feet of snow. They do dread mud season.
6. And the winner is….
Making it home during Mud Season is a competitive sport.
They get unbelievably excited for their family outing... to Target.
8. Are we home yet?
They, or one of their friends, lives on a long, unpaved "driveway" in the middle of nowhere.
They've taken their kids trick-or-treating during a blizzard and design their Halloween costumes to fit over a snowsuit.
10. Nice and smooth.
They prefer to drive in the winter because the potholes get filled with snow.
11. Pure elegance.
They have attended a formal event in their best clothes, their finest jewelry and their snow boots.
12. How long will it take?
When driving, they give an ETA in minutes (or hours) rather than miles.
13. They are always willing to lend a hand.
You can spot a Vermonter when your car gets stuck in the snow because they will offer to help push the car.
14. 802 is street cred.
Since Vermont is one of the only states with just one area code, a phone number that starts with 802 is a badge of pride. Yeah, I’m looking at you 617, 516 and 781’ers!
15. It’s called a creemee!
It’s not soft serve, it’s not ice cream – it’s a Creemee! Accept this and move on please.
16. A silent T?
Native Vermonters pronounce the word “Mountain” but leave out the “T” sound. It’s pronounced “Moun-in.” Since I wasn’t raised in Vermont, I still can’t say it properly, that is, with a silent T.
17. Champ isn’t short for “Champion.”
The Loch Ness monster of Vermont supposedly lives in Lake Champlain and his name is Champ. Even if they think it’s not real, a small part of them will always wonder if it’s true.
What are some other things that stand out as true a Vermonter? Share this with your Vermont friends and see if they agree!