If you grew up in the south or are currently living in the south, you know there’s no other place quite like it. From the weather, to the food and the lingo, the south sets itself apart from the rest of the US in some interesting ways…but of course, you wouldn’t have it any other way. Here is how you know you live in the south:
1) You drink sweet tea religiously.
Tea should taste like you’ve emptied 50 packets of pixie-dust into it. It’s the only valid drink choice at family gatherings and if you don’t want it, then honey, you might need to go to the doctor because you are acting real strange. Hot tea is for Yankees, bless their poor little hearts.
2) There is a Waffle House on the corner of every Waffle House.
Waffle House is a staple of the South. Waffle House is one of those places that seems to always be busy no matter what time you go there. Guess that’s why Waffle Houses literally come in pairs! Nine times out of ten, where there is one Waffle House, you can make out another in less than a 2 mile radius; sometimes the two restaurants even share the same parking lots. It’s not hard to understand why Waffle House is so popular. It’s fast, it’s cheap, and by God, it is way better than any competing breakfast shops.
3) Weather predictions mean absolutely nothing.
When your local weather channel says that it is going to be cold, you expect it to be cold right? Wrong. In the South it can go from “freezing” cold (well freezing to us southerners) to blazing hot in a matter of hours. If you are going to live in the South, you better get used to dressing in layers. You never know what the weather could change too.
4) Fried anything is the only food worth eating.
You haven’t lived a full life until you’ve experienced the oh-so-good fried treats at a fair in the south. Did you know you could fry an Oreo? What about a Twinkie? The list goes on and on (just like the threat of impending diabetes.)
5) You can survive off of Chick-fil-A.
Chick-fil-A is known for its hospitality. And its quick food that always comes with a smile and the signature, “my pleasure.” On top of all of that, the food is absolutely delicious. How many other places could you walk in to, order anything on the menu, and still be pleased with your selection? And let’s not forget that this restaurant consists of two of the main food groups: fried food and sweet tea.
6) The Bible Belt is real and it will consume you.
Whether you attend church or not, all southerners can attest to this concept (“bless your heart” if you think otherwise). Sundays are God’s days, you can’t even enjoy the goodness of Chick-fil-A on sundays- they’re closed! In the South, churches (much like Waffle Houses) are everywhere. Also, you will never reach your full eating potential until you’ve witnessed a Southern church fellowship meal; say what you will, but southerners know how to cook some comfort food.
7) “My team is better than yours and you are just going to have to accept that.”
Rivalries go deep in the South. Southerners are bred football lovers, just try to trash talk their team. They might bite you, seriously, you’ve been warned. Saying anything along the lines of, “it’s just football,” might get you disowned. Football is serious business; it’s not just a game, it’s a lifestyle. SEC all the way!
8) The pronunciation of the word pecan can tear a family apart.
Southerners- you know exactly what I’m talking about. Everything is just fine and dandy until suddenly you’re screaming at each other saying its PEE-can not pee-KAHN and vice versa. Let’s just say there is only one way to say it and the rest of you are wrong. Accept the loss so we can finally move on from this debate. I mean c’mon!
Can you think of any more tell-tale signs that you live in the south? Let us know in the comments!
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