West Virginia December 23, 2016
12 Things People From West Virginia Always Have To Explain To Out Of Towners
Outsiders don’t always understand West Virginia. It feels like we’re always having to
explain our state, so take a look at this list so you can learn how to enjoy West Virginia the way the Mountaineers do.
1. It's not western Virginia.
We've been a whole other state since 1863.
2. The rest of the country doesn't know how to eat a hot dog.
It's not a West Virginia dog unless it comes with chili sauce, and in the southern part of the state, slaw.
3. We honor our coal miners.
They are our grandfathers, fathers, uncles, cousins, and brothers. For many West Virginians,
was the only opportunity to provide for their families.
4. We're not really "the North" or "the South."
5. And we might correct how you say "Appalachia."
Most of us pronounce it "appa-LATCH-uh."
6. You might have trouble getting wi-fi.
7. We love strange creatures.
is something of a mascot here.
8. You have to try a pepperoni roll.
Once you taste one of these delicious
, you'll be sad that you can't get them anywhere else.
9. We love wild foods.
You may not have heard of ramps before, but come to a ramp dinner in the springtime, and you'll fall in love with these wild onions.
10. Accelerate at the bottom of the mountain.
You have to get some momentum going at the start of our big hills, or you won't make it to the top. And the narrow country roads may seem terrifying at first, but you'll get used to them!
11. The capital city is not Charles Town.
But we do have one of those, too.
12. We take extraordinary pride in our state.
You can make all the West Virginia jokes that you want, but we'll never be sorry for living in the beautiful Mountain State.
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