Virginia July 07, 2017
10 Foolproof Ways To Make Someone From Virginia Cringe
Here in Virginia, we like to think of ourselves as welcoming. There’s nothing more spectacular than showing a newcomer the beautiful ways of living in the Old Dominion. Yet there are some things that – no matter what – will make a true Virginian uncomfortable. The following behaviors are truly cringe-worthy, and we can’t pretend to hide our reactions should you…
1. Mispronounce the names of our small towns.
It's understandable that if you've never been to some of our lovely small towns, you wouldn't now how to pronounce them. But we can't promise we won't cringe if you pronounce the 't' in "Crozet" or the 'u' in "Staunton."
2. Claim that you just don't like breakfast.
Skipping out on breakfast just isn't an option when you live in a state that has perfected the art of biscuits and gravy.
3. Refer to our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as "hills."
The Blue Ridge Mountains may dwarf in comparison to the Rockies, yet they're no less majestic by any means.
4. Claim that Virginia isn't really the South.
Regionally speaking, Virginia is included in the southern U.S., as it's situated south of the Mason-Dixon line. Much of our history and culture has been shaped by a southern heritage. And if you ask us, our mid-Atlantic location gives us a wonderful identity that's both diverse and unique.
5. Drive at a snail's pace.
Scenic routes like the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are, of course, meant to be enjoyed. But please drive at moderate speeds and use the lovely pull-offs to admire the view!
Now this is just unacceptable behavior.
7. Assume the first settlement colony was at Plymouth Rock.
We Virginians have the privilege of living close to Jamestown, the true first settlement, and won't let you forget it.
8. Ask us about our state motto.
Our unique Virginia slogan has been used by tourism for over 50 years. Sure, it's unique, but what's not to love?
9. Forget that Washington D.C. isn't part of Virginia.
While we love our proximity to the Nation's Capital, there's no way that D.C. is part of Virginia. The further away we are from that traffic, the better!
10. Proclaim you'd rather go elsewhere for "real" BBQ.
Plenty of states offer incredible barbecue, and you better believe Virginia is one of them. If you haven't tried authentic Virginia BBQ, you are truly missing out.
What would you add to the list? Be sure to share with us in the comments below! For more humorous content, be sure to read about the
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